Pa. House opens debate on $28.3 billion GOP budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is debating a $28.3 billion state budget plan crafted by the Republican majority.

Rep. William Adolph, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, opened Wednesday’s discussion by itemizing the highlights. The plan is expected to be approved and sent to the Senate.

The House plan is similar to what Republican 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 are calling for a much larger boost in education funding and a freeze on the business tax break, but their amendments were rejected earlier this week on procedural grounds.

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