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Pennsylvania budget plan gets bipartisan vote from committee

Pennsylvania lawmakers took a major step toward a new state budget Monday night with a bipartisan vote by the House Appropriations Committee for a $31.6 billion proposal assembled by the Republican majority.

The spending plan was advanced by a 36-1 vote and was expected to be considered on the chamber floor sometime Tuesday.

Neither the Senate nor Gov. Tom Wolf has signed off on the approach, which includes a $200 million boost for K-12 education and money to address Pennsylvania's opioid drug crisis.

"This is, I think, a very good example of what we can do when we work together," said Rep. Joe Markosek of Allegheny County, the committee's ranking...

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