For the third consecutive year, Pennsylvania lawmakers have passed, and Governor Tom Corbett has signed the new state budget on time.
The Governor signed the budget for state fiscal year 2013-2014 on Sunday night, just two hours before the midnight deadline.
The total spending plan approaches $28.4 billion, and although it includes $40 million more for public education than the Governor had proposed, Democrats in the House and Senate who voted against it argued that it did not go far enough. Republicans cheered the budget deal.
Radio PA News reporter Brad Christman says lawmakers will spend their final day before their summer break in Harrisburg on Monday, but it appears that Corbett’s other initiatives — transportation funding, pension reform and liquor privatization — will have to wait until they return in September.