HARRISBURG — A Senate vote this week on a bill to eliminate guaranteed pension benefits for state and school employees sets the stage for budget negotiations between Republicans controlling the legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat. Curbing pension benefits for public employees is the Senate's top issue. The GOP-led House approved its No. 1 issue — selling the state liquor stores — in February. Wolf is pushing a complex, $30 billion-plus budget that would shift taxes and boost education spending. Some taxes would go up. His aides have insisted lawmakers deal with his budget proposal as a whole. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati,
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Board members were quiet during budget talks at Wednesday night’s Stroudsburg School Board meeting. What usually becomes a heated conversation was almost silent as school board members listened to Business Manager Donna Tolley give an update on the district’s budget going into the next few weeks. She provided board members with revised spending numbers up to May 6. Tolley confirmed to solicitor Jeffery Sultanik that if the board doesn't raise taxes, and assuming the district isn’t getting anything from the state, there will be between $500,000 and $600,000 left in the reserve fund moving into next year.