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Pa. Senate OKs $28.4B budget plan, taxes up in air

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new $28.4 billion Pennsylvania budget plan for the fiscal year starting in less than 12 hours is on its way to the state House.

The Senate approved the Republican-written plan Sunday, 33-17, as lawmakers scrambled to complete an on-time budget. House approval is expected later Sunday, but budget-related bills, including one that changes tax laws, await action.

The plan increases spending by $719 million, or 2.6%, over the previous budget. The new spending is largely going toward increases for health care for the poor, social services, public employee pensions, prisons and public schools.

It's $65 million less than what Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in February, but it projects substantially lower retirement and pension costs than his plan.

Democrats sought to free up even more money for schools by delaying business tax cuts.

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