Tax decisions dog Pa. lawmakers as they resume work on budget

    Pennsylvania lawmakers are continuing work on the state’s spending plan for the just-started fiscal year, facing decisions about tax increases a day after they sent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf the main budget bill.

    The list of unfinished business as legislators resumed session Friday includes companion bills to the general appropriations bill and a quest to locate more than $1 billion in new revenue to make it all balance.

    Philadelphia Sen. Vince Hughes says there’s no agreement yet on how to finance the $31 billion-plus budget, and Wolf says he won’t sign the spending package without sustainable revenues to fund it. He’ll have 10 days to decide what to do with the legislation once it arrives on his desk.

    The main budget bill passed the state House on Thursday evening by a vote of 144 to 54.

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