Pennsylvania lawmakers are driving back to their districts to celebrate the Fourth of July... with an unfinished budget still looming over their head.

This week, both Democrat and Republican lawmakers have confirmed that talks remain productive and respectful. However-- the parties have not come to an agreement on big ticket items.

Party leadership are arguing over how to distribute Basic Education Funds. One of the differences is what data should the state use to plug into a new Basic Education Funding Formula.

"Details matter. Words on paper matter. And as we always say, unless everything's agreed to, nothing is agreed to,” said Senate Republican Leader Joe Pittman. "But I still remain optimistic and hopeful that we're going to conclude this process in the next several days."

Both the Senate and House are set to come back on Saturday.

Democrats are fighting to keep as much of Governor Josh Shapiro's original $48.3 billion spending plan as they can.

Republican sticking points are school choice, tax code updates, and permit and license processes.

“Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die,” said Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, Chair of the Majority Policy Committee. "That’s what this budget process is. Nobody is going to get everything they want and we have to accept that."

While the state is now 3 days past it’s fiscal year budget deadline, both parties have agreed this years negotiations are working smoother than last year.

“Republicans have controlled the Legislature for the better part of 36 years. The Senate now is just getting used to having to work with a Democrat Majority in the House. There has to be give and take and sometimes its a little hard for them to accept that they do have to give a little,” said Bizzarro.

“We are committed to the notion that divided government shouldn’t be dysfunctional government,” said Pittman.

Talks last year were derailed with inconsistencies between Senate Republicans, Governor Shapiro, and House Democrats over the inclusion of Lifeline Scholarships in the state budget.

Pittman today confirmed that Shapiro’s administration has been very present in negotiations.

“We have continued to insist that when they come to us with responses to any of our suggestions or their proposals they come to us with one voice,” said Pittman at today’s presser. "I would not want to speak for those two principals, but I do think their effort to have one voice is part of the challenge in this process."