GOP budget bill facing Wolf’s veto positioned for House vote

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An approximately $30 billion Republican budget package is nearing a House floor vote, although it faces a near-certain veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf as the Pennsylvania state government’s fiscal year is ending.

House members returned to the Capitol on Saturday for an unusual weekend session with just four days left in the state’s fiscal year. Debate on the spending plan was expected to begin shortly after noon.

The Republican plan would boost state spending by about $1 billion, mostly for pension obligations and health care for the poor, while holding the line on taxes. But Democrats say it’s packed with one-time stopgaps of more than $1.5 billion to balance and Wolf says he’ll veto it.

The GOP plan also significantly scales back big increases in aid for public schools being sought by Wolf.

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