With accounts flush, budget talks come down to schools aid

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are working through their remaining differences as they try to produce an agreement on a roughly $42 billion budget plan that they say marshals new aid for Pennsylvania’s public schools and environmental cleanups while cutting corporate taxes.

Greasing the skids is a massive influx of tax receipts.

Lawmakers are also expected to approve more money for services for the disabled, children and elderly and significant sums for mental health services and school security, including counseling.

A big sticking point is the amount of aid that Wolf, a Democrat, wants for public schools.

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