The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 10, 2013

State House debating $28.3 billion Republican budget plan

The Associated Press

— HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is debating amendments to a Republican-crafted $28.3 billion budget plan.

The Monday debate is on a spending blueprint that’s based largely on what Republican Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in February. Among other things, it would boost public school funding by $100 million and cut business taxes by more than $300 million in the year starting July 1.

Democrats are pressing an amendment to more than triple the increase for schools and ensure Pennsylvania participates in the federally funded Medicaid expansion. The Democratic proposal calls for $28.7 billion in spending that doesn’t include the business tax cuts.

In initial voting, the House rejected a Democratic amendment to appropriate $25 million to continue a rebate program for homeowners and small business owners who install solar panels.