The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday passed and sent on to the state Senate a $28.3 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The vote on the Republican-led spending plan fell along party lines — 108-to-92.
Many Democrats said more money is needed for public education, but backers said the budget provides the most state funding for schools in state history.
A spokesman for Senate majority leader Dominic Pileggi has already called the bill on basic education fiscally responsible. Erik Arneson said Senate Republicans will continue to work with the House and with Governor Corbett to reach a budget agreement by the end-of-the-fiscal-year deadline of June 30. He expects the Senate to take up the budget-related bills on the week of June 24.