Work on overdue Pennsylvania budget moves to state House

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Action in a legislative push to end Pennsylvania’s budget standoff is heading to the state House, where members are expected to consider a Republican-crafted alternative to a budget that’s just passed the Senate.

The House scheduled debate and a vote Tuesday on a $30.3 billion general appropriations bill, a day after it moved out of a committee on a party-line vote.

The Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed a $30.8 billion budget plan that has the support of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Republicans hold comfortable majorities in both legislative chambers.

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

Wolf and other supporters of the Senate-passed budget haven’t settled on a set of taxes to pay for it.

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