Majority Republicans in the Pennsylvania House are sending their state budget proposal to the Senate over the loud objections of Democrats.
The chamber voted 109-to-92 last night to approve a $27.3 billion spending plan and move the process closer to negotiations among legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett in the weeks ahead.
Republicans are defending the budget bill as a responsible approach amid a trying economic climate, while Democrats say its broad spending cuts will have dire consequences.
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The budget plan has the same total spending figure that Corbett, a Republican, has proposed.
Yesterday, Corbett toured a label factory in Montgomery County. WHYY’s Elizabeth Fiedler was there, and asked him about his thoughts on the House’s proposal.