Pennsylvania Debates Its Budget

06.28.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Today, the full State House began debating the budget for the first time. They've got till Sunday to get the final blueprint signed off. It's a 27.7-billion-dollar, no-tax-hike budget that spares Pennsylvania's state colleges and universities the deep cuts sought by Governor Tom Corbett and provides public schools and libraries the same amount of taxpayer support they now receive. Still under discussion is a package of school reform legislation and changes in the way the state pays for county-run human services programs. Lawmakers must complete their work before midnight Saturday. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said he "didn't foresee this going past Saturday."