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PA House Budget Proposal May Be The Only Option

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The state House has now sent the Senate most of the revenue components necessary to finish Pennsylvania’s budget–more than three months behind schedule. Senate leaders say they’ll make a good-faith effort to pass them, despite their flaws. But the budget’s completion might still hinge on whether the chambers can agree on a gambling expansion.  The main component of the House proposal is a $1.5 billion in borrowing against the state’s Tobacco Settlement fund. That money would be paid back with interest over 20 years. Most of the rest of the $2.2 billion dollar deficit will be filled with one-time fund transfers Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said his chamber is considering the House plan reluctantly.