Senate passes 2010-11 spending bill

The Senate has passed a spending bill for the fiscal year that begins tomorrow, setting the stage for a House vote that could come hours before tonight’s midnight budget deadline.

The upper chamber approved the 28.05 billion dollar spending plan on a 37-13 vote.

Among the lawmakers voting no was Democratic Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, who says he’s frustrated the budget doesn’t include more targeted taxes.

Even though a natural gas tax is part of the budget agreement, this year’s plan won’t factor in any revenue from the levy, and lawmakers won’t vote on the proposal until the fall.

Nearly every department would see its funding trimmed in this budget. The Department of Environmental Protection loses 13 million dollars, and the Department of Public Welfare’s budget shrinks by more than 60 million dollars.

The House is expected to vote on the plan tonight. Its Rules and Appropriations Committees are meeting right now, and the full chamber reconvenes at 2:00.

Here’s the roll call of this afternoon’s Senate vote:

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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