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Wolf tries new budget talks tactic: smaller, quiet meetings

Gov. Tom Wolf is shifting strategy as a state government budget stalemate stretches into a third month, abandoning heavily attended meetings with lawmakers and aides in the Capitol in favor of smaller, more private meetings without staff. Wolf held private meetings Tuesday in his official residence with top Republican lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and House Majority Leader Dave Reed. "The path that negotiations have been on have not been productive," Wolf's spokesman Jeff Sheridan said. "I think there's been a lot of people in the room, a lot going on outside the room." Some of Wolf's Capitol meetings had been attended by a...