A budget will be passed by the Republican-controlled Senate by the June 30 deadline - it just may not be one the governor wants, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) said Monday.
Speaking at the monthly press club luncheon, Pileggi said the Senate is prepared to approve a $27.8 billion spending plan that will likely freeze funding for basic education at this year's levels – a concept that Gov. Rendell has said is unacceptable.
Whether that will lead to another messy impasse is still unclear. Pileggi said that whether Pennsylvania will have a budget on time -- and avoid the protracted battles of the last seven years of the Rendell administration – will depend on how reasonable Rendell is.