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Frank Dermody

Lawmakers' deep divide over taxes drags out budget talks

The Pennsylvania Legislature's deep divide over tax increases dashed hopes in the Capitol on Friday for a quick end to state budget negotiations, and leaders sent rank-and-file lawmakers home while they worked to find a solution with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

The prospect of a new impasse arose barely two months after the end of a record-breaking stalemate in the first budget go-around between Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The House and Senate finalized a $31.5 billion spending plan Thursday and sent most of it to Wolf's desk. But that momentum petered out Friday, the first day of Pennsylvania's 2016-17 fiscal year.

Budget negotiators vowed to work...

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