Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Tackle Hot-Button Issues as Fiscal Year Comes to Close

Pennsylvania lawmakers are facing complicated and hotly disputed issues as they return to the Capitol with a month until the state government's fiscal year ends.

The House and Senate will be in session Monday, with debates over public employee pensions and a natural gas severance tax on their agenda.

June is always a busy month for lawmakers, and many are wondering if they'll wrap up budget legislation by July 1.

The Republican-controlled Legislature has to yet to show how it plans to close an enormous projected deficit, while GOP lawmakers float competing plans to overhaul benefits in Pennsylvania's two biggest public-employee pension systems.

The House may consider a budget bill, while senators will hear testimony on Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to raise taxes on natural gas drilling.

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