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Pennsylvania budget has unfolded in partisan Capitol as slow-motion train wreck over past year


HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — It's possible that the decision this week by Republicans who hold firm control of both chambers of the Pennsylvania Legislature to let Gov. Tom Wolf and his Democratic allies bring up their own tax and spending bills could finally end the state's budget impasse.

But the process could just end up being another in a series of fruitless exercises that illustrate how the sides remain very far apart.

Negotiators have tried staff-level meetings, meetings with no staff, large group meetings, small group meetings, meetings in the Capitol, meetings in Wolf's offices and meetings in Republican offices.

If anything, the standoff seems more intractable than ever, as Republicans have forced a series of party-line votes, and Wolf has used his veto power.

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