This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Top state lawmakers are at a loss for a way to end Pennsylvania’s nearly six-month budget stalemate after a tentative agreement was blown to bits over the weekend.
“We’re negotiating it right now,” said House Appropriations Chairman Bill Adolph, emerging from a closed-door meeting between top House and Senate Republicans on Sunday afternoon. Adolph was the only House GOP leader who responded to reporters’ questions. Speaker Mike Turzai declined to comment. Majority Leader Dave Reed was not in attendance.
House Republicans had said earlier in the weekend that they would prepare a short-term spending bill, after efforts to pass a full year’s budget were dealt a major blow during a Saturday voting session.