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House takes up GOP's patchwork $29.1B budget

July 1, 2014
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's House of Representatives is in the midst of debating a $29.1 billion spending plan in the final hours of the fiscal year.

Monday night's House debate on the Republican-crafted proposal follows the discussion in the Senate, which approved it 26-24.

Pennsylvania is the last state without approved spending authority for the year that starts at 12:01 a.m.

In the House, Appropriations Committee Chairman William Adolph said the measure strikes an appropriate balance among the state's competing needs without a tax increase.

Democrats charged that the bill relies too heavily on transfers, one-time revenues and gimmickry to balance the budget.

Spending would increase by $943 million, more than 3 percent, mainly for public schools, prisons, public pension obligations, health care for the poor and social services.



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