$32.7B budget package speeds toward Pennsylvania House vote

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The main appropriations bill in a $32.7 billion spending package for Pennsylvania’s approaching fiscal year is speeding through the state Legislature.
The centerpiece of the no-new-taxes spending package unveiled just a day earlier won overwhelming House approval Wednesday, 188-10. It was negotiated behind closed doors by Republican majority leaders with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. It still requires Senate approval.

The package increases spending through the state’s main operating account by 2 percent over the current year’s enacted budget of $32 billion. The increase goes largely to public schools, social services, pensions and prisons. It also creates a $60 million off-budget grant program for school safety. However, House officials say it taps one-time cash sources to shift about $800 million in Medicaid costs off-budget.
The new fiscal year begins July 1.

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