House puts off vote on $28.3 billion Pa. budget

Pennsylvania House postpones vote on $28.3 billion Republican budget plan

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A vote on whether to approve a $28.3 billion state budget plan by Pennsylvania's House of Representatives will have to wait until at least Wednesday.

Representatives were scheduled to vote Tuesday to send the GOP-crafted bill to the Senate, but the House adjourned without taking it up.

House GOP spokesman Steve Miskin said leaders decided to postpone the vote until Wednesday so lawmakers can get "a fresh start" on the expected debate.

House rules require a 24-hour waiting period after bills are amended, as the budget bill was Monday. That delayed a Tuesday vote until at least late afternoon.

The proposal closely tracks what GOP Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in February, but adds $10 million to give public schools an increase of $100 million in the fiscal year that starts July 1. It includes a business tax break worth more than $300 million, and smaller spending increases for other programs.

Democrats want a larger boost in education funding and a freeze on the business tax break.

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