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Pennsylvania Senate passes short-term spending plan

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 18, 2015 10:54 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- An $11 billion short-term spending plan is on its way to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, although Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto the measure written by the Senate's Republican majority.

The Senate's vote was along party lines, 30 to 19, on the 80th day of entrenched budget stalemate. Action in the Republican-controlled House was scheduled for next week.

The $11 billion is four months of funding, covering July 1 to Nov. 1. Republicans say the measure also releases $24 billion in federal funds.

With the state's spending authority curtailed, Pennsylvania's school districts, counties and nonprofit social services organizations are trying to scrape by. But Wolf accuses Republicans of pretending they're helping the schools and social services organizations for which they cut funding in recent years.

An earlier story is below:

The Pennsylvania Senate's Republican majority is poised to pass an $11 billion short-term spending plan to break an entrenched budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who's vowed to veto it.

The Senate's session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Action in the Republican-controlled House was scheduled for next week.

The $11 billion is four months of funding, retroactive to the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

Republicans say the measure also would release billions in federal funds.

However, Democratic lawmakers oppose it, and Wolf says Republicans are trying to pretend that they're helping the schools and social services organizations for which they cut funding in recent years.

With the state's spending authority curtailed, Pennsylvania's school districts, counties and nonprofit social services providers are trying to scrape by.

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