The Latest: Revenue puzzle in pieces as deadline nears


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Latest on Pennsylvania’s budget negotiations (all times local):

8 p.m.

Negotiators in Pennsylvania’s nine-day-old budget stalemate are signaling that they’re having difficulty reaching agreement on a deal to patch up the state government’s tattered finances.

Closed-door talks in the Pennsylvania Capitol on Sunday come a day before Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s midnight Monday deadline to make a decision on the main appropriations bill in a $32 billion budget package.

Budget negotiators are trying to scrounge more than $2 billion. So far, they’re backing a plan to borrow much of the money and authorize another big gambling expansion in the nation’s No. 2 commercial casino state.

Friction revolves around Wolf’s insistence that lawmakers produce $700 million to $800 million in reliable revenue, such as tax increases, to help the state avoid another downgrade to its battered credit rating.

Negotiators otherwise are saying little about their closed-door talks, and in particular what sort of tax increases were under discussion.

4:20 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives is in session while budget negotiators try to reach agreement on a deal to scrounge $2 billion to patch up state government’s tattered finances.

Sunday’s session comes ahead of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s midnight Monday deadline to make a decision on the main appropriations bill in a $32 billion budget package.

House Republican leader Dave Reed says Wolf is pushing the Republican-controlled Legislature to produce more money in a revenue package. But Reed says if Wolf doesn’t like what House Republicans are offering then the governor will need to veto parts of the spending bill.

Negotiators are saying little about their closed-door talks. It involves another big gambling expansion in the nation’s No. 2 commercial casino state, borrowing more than $1 billion and possibly a tax increase.

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