Democrats begin attack on Pennsylvania GOP's spending plan
The plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year that begins Sunday would increase spending by about 1.5 percent, largely for debt, pensions, health care for the poor and to help fill a shortfall in the almost-finished fiscal year.
By Marc Levy|June 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania on Wednesday attacked a newly unveiled $27.7 billion state spending plan written by majority Republicans, calling it a gift to big business that will lock in this year’s deep cuts in aid to public schools while forcing longer waits for people who need services such as treatment for mental illness or addiction.
The legislation, made public just four days before the new fiscal year begins, passed the House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote Wednesday morning after two hours of debate. The House adjourned Wednesday without action on the bill, and floor debate was expected to begin Thursday morning. The plan will need Senate approval after that.
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