HARRISBURG - A budget plan savaged by Democrats as taking from the poor to give to the rich but defended by Republicans as appropriate and responsible has final approval to go to Gov. Tom Corbett to become law.
Senators voted 32-17 on Friday on a Republican-penned $27.7 billion plan for the fiscal year that begins in less than 36 hours.
The plan would increase spending by about 1.5 percent, primarily for health care for the poor and public employee pensions, without raising taxes.
Meanwhile, it would create hundreds of millions of dollars in businesses tax reductions while slashing about the same amount from benefits for the poor, disabled, homeless or troubled.
Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa calls the Republicans' elimination of a Depression-era cash benefit for poor, childless adults unfair and "mean-spirited."