The Pennsylvania Senate today is set to vote on a bill that would help Philadelphia balance its fiscal 2010 budget and allow the state to oversee municipal pension funds that are less than 50% funded.

If approved by the upper chamber, the measure would then return to the House for deliberation on the bill's amendments. Whether the House will approve the changes depends upon what those alterations are, and House members yesterday were in discussions with the Senate to work out amendments that would be favorable to both chambers, according to Nora Winkelman, chief counsel to the House Democratic Caucus.

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