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Pa. starts seventh week without budget

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The engineers of the Pennsylvania budget impasse will sit down for another design meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The new fiscal year began July 1. Negotiations between the governor and top lawmakers have been held about once a week since then.

"We had productive discussion," said House Speaker Mike Turzai after a budget confab last month. "We really rolled up our sleeves."

Despite all the purported progress, there’s been no breakthrough on any of the issues that continue to divide the Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled legislature. They remain far apart in their views on taxes, education funding, public pension changes, and the fate of the state liquor system.

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