Pa. House GOP Rolls Out State Budget Proposal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania House say they want a state budget for next year that would spend about $100 million less than the governor has proposed but about $600 million more than what passed a year ago.

The GOP leadership introduced their budget plan Wednesday for the fiscal year starting July 1.

They’re highlighting an increase in spending on K-12 education, funding to hire 300 more state troopers and greater support for certain health programs, county conservation districts and the state open records office.

A spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget office calls it “a starting point.”

Lawmakers head into the final month of the budget year with three other major issues on the table – changes to public sector pensions, liquor system privatization and a transportation package.

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