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Pa. budget talks focus on schools and pensions

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

There are glimmers of progress, but no specific examples of agreement after two straight days of budget meetings between Gov. Wolf and Pennsylvania’s legislative leaders.

The latest round of discussions has focused on education funding and proposed changes to state and school pension benefits.

"These are the two issues that we’ve been focused on in the last two days, and we will continue to work through them until we have an agreement and can get to the other items," said Republican House Majority Leader Dave Reed.

After those two issues are addressed, he said, leaders will move on to the web of other budget-related disagreements – new taxes, property tax relief, and the fate of the state’s liquor system.

Wolf said that recent negotiations have been productive.

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