Pa. House passes own budget plan as impasse drags on

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House of Representatives has passed a budget that’s different from one approved by the Senate.

The Republican-crafted $30.2 billion spending plan passed Tuesday afternoon by a vote of 115-86.

The House plan would increase state spending by more than $1 billion, or 3.7 percent. It calls for a $100 million increase in funding for basic education and an increase of approximately $80 million for higher education.

It does not include increases in the state sales and income taxes, but relies on taxes on tobacco and lottery winnings and other revenue from Internet gambling.

A Republican who voted against it, Philadelphia Rep. John Taylor, said the budget bill only provides revenue for this fiscal year and leaves the state $800 million short for next fiscal year. He said the Senate’s budget plan is much more realistic in terms of solving the fiscal deficit.

The Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed a $30.8 billion budget plan that has Wolf’s support.

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