No decision reached on how to pay for PA’s budget

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- How Pennsylvania will pay its bills remains an unanswered question.

Governor Tom Wolf will allow the state's budget to become law at midnight Monday, without signing off on it.

The Pennsylvania House met for a rare Sunday afternoon session, but not much changed 24 hours later.

After a series of start and stop sessions, Monday could be a long night at the Capitol for Pennsylvania state representatives.

State Representative Seth Grove (R-196th District) said "I do not see a tax vote today or tomorrow."

State Representative Frank Dermody (D-33rd District) said "we have yet to extend past 11 o'clock, I think our caucus would be willing to do that if we have the ability to finally pass a bill that will raise the revenue we need to raise."

The Pennsylvania State Budget will become law, but until the House finds a way to come up with a $1.3 billion shortfall, it's like going shopping and knowing you don't have enough money to pay for everything on your list.

State Representative Patty Kim (D-103rd District) said "agencies and non-profits shouldn't worry too much, right now, we're trying to get revenue that will last all the way until June 30th of next year."

"I think Pennsylvania once again loses, and everything starts with the spend side, if you don't have votes for revenues, there's no point in having higher spending than what you can budget for without doing a tax increase," Grove said.

The holdup being who pays for an increase, as a select group of Pennsylvanians may be expected to help balance the state's budget.

"It's not going to put a big impact on every Pennsylvanian, but for those maybe who gamble, for those who smoke, things like that, its going to be a piecemeal, not a very pretty looking package, but hopefully it will bring in the revenue that we need," Kim said.

"We're not doing any better job of promoting and helping our education system through reforms, so we're not getting any big policy change," Grove said.

"There won't be a broad-based tax increase that is an increase in sales or income tax, so we're working with what we can work with here," Dermody said

The House was back in session 11 o'clock Monday morning. but it didn't last long.

Members didn't discuss the budget on the house floor and decided to meet again, later at 4 pm.

The governor also met with House leaders in the afternoon, although no agreement has been reached to fund the budget.

The House ended its day after 5 pm Monday, and will revisit a solution Tuesday afternoon.

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