HARRISBURG (AP) – Republican lawmakers in PA are working to assemble a state budget that would use billions in federal aid and surplus cash to help prop up existing programs, boost aid to public schools, and inject cash into sectors hard-hit by the pandemic. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Sen. Pat Browne of Lehigh County said the state will still have a deficit in three years even if it uses all of the $7.3 billion in federal aid and $3 billion in surplus state dollars to maintain current programs. While Republicans are considering which hard-hit sectors to help, Democrats have rolled out expansive plans. Gov. Tom Wolf’s top priority is to boost aid to schools.