State budget passes before deadline

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Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Corbett reached a deal on a $28.37 billion budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year Saturday night, finalizing a spending plan that is less austere than the past couple of years.

Lawmakers reached an agreement a little more than a day before the new fiscal year begins. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill Saturday night, setting it up for a Senate vote Sunday. The state House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the bill Sunday as well.

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