(Harrisburg) _ Pennsylvania state senators are debating an approximately $29.1 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year that's a few hours away.
A Senate floor vote was expected on the main budget bill Monday evening, followed by a nighttime House vote.
Some details of the Republican-crafted spending package remained murky because a large companion bill wasn't finished as of Monday evening.
The plan cuts business taxes and calls for about $950 million more in spending, primarily for public schools, pension obligations, health care for the poor and social safety-net programs.
Republicans say it's a responsible plan during a difficult economic time.
But Democrats oppose it, saying it doesn't do enough for schools or have-nots.
They also say it's built on flimsy assumptions and one-time items, including postponing bills and raiding off-budget programs.
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