Pennsylvania lawmakers clashing over liquor, highways

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Republican lawmakers continue to try to iron out differences over fellow Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's three major legislative priorities as the days tick down to their summer break.

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said Tuesday that time remains in the next six days to secure agreements on bills to boost transportation funding, allow private retailers to sell wine and liquor and overhaul the state's big public pension plans.

Meanwhile, school employees protesting layoffs canvassed lawmakers and held a boisterous rally at the state Capitol to appeal for more state aid.

Corbett and top Republican lawmakers are saying little about what kind of additional help they'll offer as they consider cutting business taxes by an estimated $360 million next year.

The new fiscal year will begin Monday.

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