Pennsylvania state government's 6-month-old budget stalemate is crumbling, but disagreements remain as lawmakers rush to approve bipartisan budget legislation before Christmas.
Wednesday will be busy in the state Capitol.
It's a day after Democrats and moderate Republicans defied House GOP majority leaders and narrowly sent a $30.8 billion spending bill supported by Gov. Tom Wolf over a key procedural hurdle. Republicans say it was only successful because Democrats voted for absent members, but GOP leaders didn't challenge it.
Elements of the budget deal remain unresolved.
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Pension legislation favored by Senate Republicans stalled in the House, and it's unclear whether they'll hold up the budget for it. Meanwhile, the deal calls for a $1 billion-plus tax increase, and Senate Republicans have clashed with House members over whether to raise taxes on income or sales.