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Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr.

Final budget stretch starts with major issues unresolved

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature are heading into the final stretch to approve an on-time budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins July 1. But numerous issues remain outstanding, including how much to spend and whether taxes should go up to pay for it. The coming two weeks will put in sharp relief whether a spirit of cooperation that's propelled major legislation forward in recent weeks will endure, or whether budget negotiators are avoiding tough decisions that have divided them.

A look at some major topics:



The House is up first to pass an appropriations bill, but negotiators there are reporting no...