The Latest: Lawmakers approve $650M in university aid

October 25, 2017 - 7:38 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the Pennsylvania Legislature's budget votes (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Lawmakers are approving $650 million in university aid as they scramble to break a four-month stalemate over fixing Pennsylvania's deficit-riddled finances.

The House on Wednesday approved the aid to Penn State, Lincoln and Temple universities, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school. It had been held up in the budget stalemate.

That's despite protests from some Republican lawmakers that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf hasn't pledged to sign a House plan that includes borrowing $1.5 billion and a grab bag of tax increases that's projected to yield as much as $140 million a year.

A just-emerging Senate plan would authorize gambling at 10 new casino locations, truck stops, airports and casino-run websites in a bid to raise millions more from the gambling industry. Efforts to win both House and Senate approval for the gambling bill could run late into Wednesday night.

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5 p.m.

Lawmakers are scrambling to advance massive borrowing and casino gambling measures to help resolve a four-month stalemate over how to fix Pennsylvania's deficit-riddled finances.

The Senate on Wednesday voted 29-21 to approve a House plan that includes borrowing $1.5 billion and a grab bag of tax increases that's projected to yield as much as $140 million a year.

Hanging in the balance is roughly $650 million in aid to five universities, including Penn State. Meanwhile, a bill to impose a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production is stalled amid opposition by House Republican leaders.

A Senate plan still under wraps would authorize gambling at 10 new casino locations, truck stops, airports and casino-run websites. Efforts to win both House and Senate approval could run late into Wednesday night.

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3:30 p.m.

Lawmakers are scrambling to advance massive borrowing and casino gambling measures to help resolve a nearly four-month stalemate over how to fix Pennsylvania's deficit-riddled finances.

Wednesday's House and Senate voting sessions could run late into Wednesday night.

Hanging in the balance is roughly $650 million in aid to five universities, including Penn State. Meanwhile, a House bill to impose a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production is stalled amid opposition by House Republican leaders.

The Senate is poised to take up a House plan that includes borrowing $1.5 billion and a grab bag of tax increases that's projected to yield as much as $140 million in a full year.

A Senate plan still under wraps would authorize gambling at 10 new casino locations, truck stops, airports and casino-run websites.

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