Rob W. Kauffman

No action on latest bid to end 3-month budget stalemate

Lawmakers returned to the Pennsylvania Capitol amid a three-month-old budget stalemate Monday, but optimism from top Republican lawmakers about an evolving proposal to fill a $2.2 billion revenue gap did not translate into action.

The Capitol was a flurry of lobbying and rumors, as Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's office and top lawmakers negotiated details behind closed doors. No votes were scheduled, and no drafts of bills emerged, as hundreds of pages of legislation remained in private discussions.

The proposed package leans heavily on borrowing, one-time fund transfers and an expansion of casino-style gambling to help bail out the state's deficit-riddled finances from its...

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