Disagreements remain as Pennsylvania's budget deadline nears
Shown is the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. on the Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)
(Harrisburg) — Top Pennsylvania lawmakers are assembling a budget package that’s due ahead of the July 1 start of the fiscal year, but behind-the-scenes disagreements remain and rank-and-file lawmakers are awaiting details.
The first votes on budget legislation are expected Monday.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are staying quiet about their disagreements as hundreds of pages of budget legislation are being drafted.
Meanwhile, rank-and-file lawmakers haven’t been briefed on what’s expected to be a nearly $34 billion spending bill. Lawmakers say the package will hold the line on major taxes and fees.
Among the disagreements is Wolf’s request that lawmakers authorize first steps toward Pennsylvania joining a regional consortium that sets a price and caps on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants.