More budget details emerge

Just filed this report for PA’s NPR affiliates. More details to come tonight, once the actual appropriations bill emerges before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Governor Rendell and legislative leaders have hammered out a budget agreement, one day before the June 30th deadline. The 28.05 billion dollar spending plan includes a 250 million dollar increase in basic education spending, but Rendell says most departments will experience cuts.

Rendell says the deal also includes a natural gas tax.

More details will emerge tonight, when the Senate Appropriations Committee votes on the spending bill.

That will set the stage for a full Senate vote tomorrow morning. If the measure passes the upper chamber it goes to the House, where members would need to suspend their rules in order to vote on the bill by midnight Wednesday.

Lawmakers still need to vote on a fiscal code, which sets Pennsylvania’s tax rates. A handful of other budget-related bills have yet to be approved, as well.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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