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Dominic Pileggi
Senate GOP majority to see if they can back words with votes

Even before Gov. Tom Wolf took office, Republican lawmakers drew lines in the sand. Now, with two months until the new fiscal year begins, Republicans who control the Pennsylvania Senate are under the gun to back up their words with votes. The GOP hopes to force the Democratic governor to make concessions on two key issues during horse-trading over his $31.6 billion budget proposal. But it is not clear whether Senate Republicans can produce a viable plan on either: overhauling benefits in Pennsylvania's two big public employee pension systems and permitting the sale of wine and liquor by private businesses. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said this week that he believes...