- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The latest from Gov. Tom Wolf and top lawmakers on efforts to negotiate a deal to end Pennsylvania state government’s five-month budget standoff (all times local):

6 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s Senate leaders now say plans are off for a vote to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a short-term spending bill, and they’ve agreed to keep working on a five-months-late budget deal.

The announcement Tuesday night followed a two-day whirlwind in which Wolf accused Republicans of backing out of a two-week-old deal, and Republicans floated a veto override threat after they say Wolf backed out of a reconstructed agreement.

Spokeswomen say the Senate’s Republican and Democratic floor leaders met with Wolf and agreed to continue working to finalize an agreement. Votes are possible next week.

To get by without state aid, school districts, counties and social services organizations have laid off employees, delayed services, let bills pile up or taken out loans.

Only Pennsylvania and Illinois are operating without state budgets.

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4:30 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s Senate Republicans say they may pursue a vote to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a short-term spending bill after budget negotiations hit yet another wall.

Republican senators said the chamber was being called back into session Tuesday night for a possible vote. A successful override will require the cooperation of at least three Democrats, assuming all 31 Republican senators support the override.

The move came after Wolf said GOP majority leaders backed out of a sales tax increase they had proposed to seal the deal on a five-months-late budget. Republicans contend the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most from $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates.

To get by without state aid, school districts, counties and social services organizations have laid off employees, delayed services, put off paying bills or taken out loans.

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8:40 a.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf says the ball is in the court of Republican lawmakers after GOP majority leaders backed out of a sales tax increase they had proposed to seal the deal on a five-months-late budget.

The Democratic governor also told KDKA-AM interviewers Tuesday morning that there are too many Republican lawmakers who want to “blow things up.”

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most from $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates. They were to be financed by a state sales tax increase of 1.25 percentage points.

Wolf insists Republicans told him Friday they didn’t have the votes to support the sales tax increase that they had proposed. Wolf says he had preferred taxes on income and natural gas drilling.

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This story has been corrected to show that at least three Senate Democrats are needed to join in a successful veto override vote, not two.

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