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Offers, counteroffers in Pa. budget talks

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

The pace of talks over Pennsylvania’s budget may be picking up, with each side trading proposals over the last week.

The latest offer came Wednesday: Republicans asked Democratic Gov. Wolf to support ending the traditional pension for future state and school workers. In return, they said, they would vote for the governor’s proposed $400 million funding increase for schools.

The pension proposal was said to be a revised version of a bill the governor vetoed earlier this summer after it was passed by the GOP-controlled legislature.

The Wolf administration is considering the plan, which would appear to force the governor to choose between claiming victory on education funding and being a friend to the public-sector unions that supported him during his general election campaign.

"We also would like to see an actuarial analysis," said spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan, "so that we can see how the savings that they say are included in their plan stack up against the governor’s."

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