This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
A top Republican lawmaker suggested Monday that Pennsylvania may need a short-term budget as a compromise on a full spending plan proves elusive.
"The Senate Republicans [and] the House Republicans don’t want to see services for the most vulnerable in the commonwealth … held up," said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) as he emerged from a private meeting with Gov. Wolf, a Democrat.
The one-on-one meeting followed a larger confab between the governor and all four Republican legislative leaders.
"I’m open to all kinds of conversations," said Wolf after the meeting, when asked about his willingness to sign a stop-gap budget agreement.
Pennsylvania is entering its third week without a spending plan for the current fiscal year, which started July 1, and there is no apparent compromise on the horizon.
The governor wants to increase a bevy of taxes in order to hike education spending and drive local property taxes down.