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House passes main Pennsylvania budget bill

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2016 8:25 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- State lawmakers are sending the main budget bill to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, hours before Pennsylvania's new fiscal year begins.

The House voted 144 to 54 on Thursday for a $31.5 billion spending plan that will increase funding to public schools and to combat Pennsylvania's opioid drug crisis.

The bill is only part of the package of legislation that makes up the budget, and there's no agreement yet about where lawmakers are going to find more than $1 billion in new revenue to fund it.

Among the sources under consideration are higher tobacco taxes, tax delinquents, more legalized gambling and brisker wine and liquor sales.

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