Pennsylvania budget talks stall

July 29, 2009 1:48:02 PM PDT
Legislative negotiators aren't any closer to a state budget deal following a four-hour negotiating session inside the Pennsylvania Capitol. The first meeting of the six-member joint conference committee wrapped up Wednesday with the two sides agreeing only to meet again on Thursday.

The discussion ranged from taxes to education and the fate of state workers, who aren't being paid during the month-old budget impasse.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ed Rendell is vowing to sign a bill that ensures nearly 80,000 state employees and thousands of vendors will soon be paid on a timely basis.

But billions of dollars for other elements of state spending would still be in limbo.

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