Pa. Senate GOP leader optimistic on budget

September 13, 2009 7:16:49 PM PDT
Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate say they're hopeful of getting Gov. Ed Rendell on board with a tentative $28 billion state budget deal that he has threatened to veto. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said after a two-hour meeting with Rendell Sunday night that lawmakers are going to see if there's a way to accomodate the Democratic governor's concerns.

On Friday, three of the Capitol's four caucuses announced an agreement in principle to end the 2½-month-old budget impasse. Rendell and House Republicans objected to the deal, but for different reasons.

Rendell says it doesn't realistically address a potential budget deficit next year, and doesn't spend enough on education and other programs.

House Republicans say the spending level is too high and they're opposed to the proposal's higher taxes.


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