Senate passes budget in time for Christmas

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After the House of Representatives adjourned it looked bleak for any budget progress before the holiday. Before four Wednesday afternoon the Senate passed the budget, which the House proposed on December 8th. It passed 33-17.

This budget is only about $30.3 billion as opposed to the $30.8 billion. The biggest difference is the amount of money given towards education. The $30.3 billion budget has $150 million towards education instead of $350 million.

“The Senate decided this is a step we needed to move things forward,” Senate Majority Leader Spokesperson Jennifer Cocher said. “This was part of compromise. Somebody needed to step up and say enough is enough.”

The bill is now in the hands of Governor Wolf. He had 10 days to approve or veto the bill. If he doesn’t do anything the bill will go into law.

The House is responsible to come up with the fiscal codes to support this bill.