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Pennsylvania Budget Chaos Continues

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) -- What started out as a week of promise that a resolution to Pennsylvania's months-long budget impasse ended Wednesday with finger-pointing, and Governor Tom Wolf announcing his own plan to borrow to address the state's budget gap.

The day began with a state hotel tax teed up in the House ready for a vote that never came for lack of support. Instead, backers of a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers tried force a shale bill out of committee and on to the House floor. One of those supporters is Republican Kate Harper of Montgomery County.

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"It is well past time that we bring to the floor for a debate the issue of a severance tax," Harper said. "It's time!"

But that effort failed, too. Then Governor Wolf, saying he's tired of playing games – announced he will seek to raise more than a billion dollars by securitizing profits of the state liquor system.

Meanwhile, a spokesman says Wolf will veto a bill headed to his desk that would impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.


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