House GOP tries again to resolve standoff, passes its own budget

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 8, 2015 2:39 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania House Republicans are trying again to solve the state's 5-month-old budget stalemate with a spending plan of their own.

The House voted 115 to 86 for a $30.3 billion general appropriations bill on Tuesday, a day after a bipartisan Senate vote to approve a $30.8 billion budget that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf supports.

House Republicans say they'd impose tobacco taxes, tax lottery winnings and get other revenue from Internet gambling to make their plan add up.

Democratic critics say it's very similar to a budget that passed in June and was vetoed by Wolf.

Wolf and other supporters of the Senate-passed budget haven't worked out how they'd pay for it.

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