HARRISBURG – State lawmakers are back at work in Harrisburg this week trying to complete a state budget for the remaining fiscal year. In addition to completing work on the budget, lawmakers also need to reach agreement on the appropriation of $1.3 billion in federal CARES Act funding. Lehigh County Sen. Pat Browne, who chairs the state Senate Appropriations Committee, said lawmakers came together in May to workout a partial budget in order to see what may have happened during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  He added there is some positive news as we get closer to the end of the year and lawmakers are anticipating a good budget. Progress has been reported with budget negotiations and lawmakers hope to have a spending plan to the governor’s desk by the end of the week.

SEN. PAT BROWNE