State House Passes Budget Compromise

The state House Tuesday approved a nearly $34-billion dollar budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1st. The budget calls for no tax or fee increases and includes more money for schools, new investments in agriculture, and a healthy deposit in the state’s Rainy Day Fund. But there was no minimum-wage hike, which Governor Wolf and Democrats had wanted. The state Senate is expected to vote on the the compromise spending plan on Thursday and send it on to the Governor for his signature 3-days before the end of the current fiscal year. Governor Wolf has signaled he will sign the budget bill, saying it meets some of the key objectives he laid out in his budget proposal back in February.