HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Senate Republican leaders say they plan to assemble a state budget of just over $29 billion that contains no new taxes and can be signed by Monday night's deadline.
Lawmakers were sent home Friday afternoon as GOP leaders from both houses met privately for about three hours.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says overall spending for the fiscal year that starts Tuesday will not exceed the $29.4 billion Republican Gov. Tom Corbett proposed in February.
The $29.1 billion plan passed by the House on Wednesday includes spending cuts to help offset a $1.7 billion deficit in Corbett's budget proposal, but also $380 million in revenue from the unlikely approval of privatizing the state liquor stores. Pileggi says discussions about alternative revenue sources are likely to continue into the weekend.