HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Gov. Tom Wolf and a key Republican budget negotiator emerged Thursday from the latest meeting on Pennsylvania's budget impasse to say they are still grappling with unresolved issues and plan to talk again next week. Wolf, a Democrat, and House Majority Leader Dave Reed said they worked on two major issues — how much to spend on education and proposals to cut public sector pensions. "I think we have a tentative agreement on the fact that pensions and education funding are going to have to be part of a final budget discussion, final budget agreement," Reed, R-Indiana, told reporters. "I don't think we necessarily have the framework in place. There are a lot of items to be worked out." Wolf used the terms "good conversation" and "good discussion" several times but did not describe progress on any of the issues that divide the sides. He has sought billions in new sales, income and gas-drilling taxes to close a budget gap and increase funding for public schools and human services. "There's a different tone in these conversations," Wolf said. "I think we're having good conversations, and I know I've always talked about progress in a very generalized sense. I think that there's some good conversations here, frank exchange of views, but I think we are moving in the right direction."
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