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House panel OKs $29.1B GOP budget plan

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By PETER JACKSON
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republicans on the Pennsylvania state House Appropriations Committee approved a $29.1 billion budget plan over Democrats' strong objections.

Along a straight party line, the committee voted 21 to 14 Tuesday to send the bill to the House floor.

The bill wouldn't raise taxes to make up for a massive shortfall in tax collections. Rather, it would help fill the gap with revenues that include $380 million from a proposal to privatize the state's wine and liquor operations and $227 million in transfers from special funds.

The bill calls for modest increases in funding for public schools and human services.

Democrats called the funding increase for schools inadequate. They advocated a new tax on gas drilling and rollbacks of business-tax cuts that they said would generate hundreds of millions of dollars.

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