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Alloway: Pa. leaders have 'outline of a budget'

June 29, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Alloway told The Herald-Mail on Tuesday that legislative leaders have an "outline of a budget" and are hammering out the details for a vote.

"They're haggling over the final $200 million, which is not a lot in a $28 billion budget," Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, said in a phone call from the Pennsylvania Senate floor.

One of the last sticking points appears to be the level of increases for basic education funding, Alloway said.

At 2 p.m., Alloway said caucus leaders had just finished meeting with the membership and headed behind closed doors for further negotiations. They had met with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell until after 2 a.m.

There is a consensus among everyone to get the budget finished before Thursday's start of the 2010-11 fiscal year, Alloway said.

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"We are really close, so let's get this thing figured out," he said.

The 2009-10 budget was signed 101 days after its due date, causing funding crisis for some human service agencies and libraries.

Republicans, which control the Senate, are pleased the Democratic governor's proposal for $1 billion in new taxes has been whittled down to no or little tax changes, Alloway said.

"The decisions we make today are going to have an impact on next year's budget," he said.

Alloway said there's talk of taking a vote on the spending plan Wednesday.

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