Budget talks expected Monday, after lawmakers work through weekend

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania has gone more than five months without a state budget. Lawmakers worked through the weekend, making some progress.

The state Senate is expected Monday to vote on a $30.8 billion spending plan, after an eleventh hour vote Sunday night. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the proposal with a 25-1 vote Sunday.

Members of the House took a break from their discussions over the weekend, appearing to be divided over increased spending and sales tax.

Overall negotiations over the past few months have been centered around Governor Tom Wolf's goal to increase education funding, and Republican-backed liquor and pension reform.

The state has been operating without a budget since July 1, 2015.

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