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'Quiet crisis' as Pennsylvania's budget stalemate grinds on

Pennsylvania state government's budget season is typically hectic, with raucous rallies echoing through the Pennsylvania Capitol, lobbyists packing the corridors and top lawmakers and governor's aides rushing to closed-door meetings. This year's is starkly different, two-and-a-half months into an entrenched stalemate between freshman Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Legislature's huge Republican majorities. The Capitol is empty and quiet. "I've not heard anything new about the budget," said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. "When I talk to people about it, I get a lot of shrugs and...