Pennsylvania Senate readies vote on short-term spending plan

Associated Press

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Senate's Republican majority is poised to pass an $11 billion short-term spending plan to break an entrenched budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who's vowed to veto it.

The Senate's Friday session was scheduled for 10 a.m. Action in the Republican-controlled House was scheduled for next week.

The $11 billion is four months of funding, retroactive to the July 1 start of the fiscal year. Republicans say the measure also would release billions in federal funds. However, Democratic lawmakers oppose it, and Wolf says Republicans are trying to pretend that they're helping the schools and social services organizations for which they cut funding in recent years.

With the state's spending authority curtailed, Pennsylvania's school districts, counties and nonprofit social services providers are trying to scrape by.