(Harrisburg) -- Just a week before the current budget expires, a state House panel today is expected to take up a proposed spending plan for the new fiscal year.
The budget bill reached the floor of the House for a time yesterday but GOP leaders in the end called off a long-awaited debate on public pension reform in the plan. The House instead sent the bill to its appropriations panel, which is expected to amend it today with proposals for dealing with a projected $1.7 billion revenue gap.
Governor Tom Corbett has made pension system overhaul a condition of his willingness to consider new taxes in the state budget that is supposed to take effect next week.
The Republican, whose party controls both chambers of the Legislature, supports an amendment to create a ``hybrid'' system combining a traditional pension with a defined-contribution plan.
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