View full sizeHARRISBURG, Pa. — Top Republican state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett are meeting privately in hopes of agreeing shortly on a bottom-line spending figure for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Wednesday evening’s meeting comes after two weeks of almost-daily talks. They also are trying to settle on a package of high-priority legislation they can complete before lawmakers take their traditional summer break from Harrisburg in July and August.
Negotiations on a $27 billion-plus budget have moved slowly as Corbett works to tamp down the Legislature’s spending demands in favor of saving money for spiraling public employee pension costs.
That aside, the sides agree on a no-new-taxes budget that cuts taxes by $275 million for businesses and eliminates a $150 million welfare cash benefit for nearly 70,000 adults who are temporarily disabled.