- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The latest news from an effort by Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers to advance a budget bill (all times local):

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8:02 p.m.

Republican lawmakers are preparing a floor vote on an approximately $30 billion budget package that doesn’t increase taxes, although it is risking a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

The plan, introduced Friday afternoon, passed the House Appropriations Committee on a party line vote and is scheduled for a floor vote as early as Saturday.

Republicans gave reporters few details Friday about the plan that they say would boost state spending by about $1 billion in the next fiscal year. However, Democrats say it includes more than $1.5 billion in stopgaps to balance.

Wolf is threatening a veto unless major changes are made. He says the GOP bill is riddled with gimmicks and wipes out hardly any of the deep cuts in education aid that Republicans enacted in recent years.

Lawmakers are preparing to work through the weekend with only five days left in the fiscal year.

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5:30 p.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf is threatening a veto of a GOP budget package that the Democrat says it riddled with gimmicks and wipes out hardly any of the deep cuts in education aid that Republicans enacted in recent years.

Wolf said Friday that, despite his veto threat, he would try to ensure a potential government shutdown creates as little disruption as possible for people who depend on state government.

Wolf spoke shortly after leaders of the House and Senate Republican majorities began to unveil details of an approximately $30 billion budget package that they say doesn’t increase taxes. Republicans are giving few details about their plan that they say would boost state spending by about $1 billion in the next fiscal year.

Lawmakers are preparing to work through the weekend with only five days left in the fiscal year.

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4 p.m

Top Republican lawmakers say they will pass an approximately $30 billion budget package that doesn’t increase taxes, although it is risking a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Republicans gave reporters few details Friday about the plan that they say would boost state spending by about $1 billion in the next fiscal year. The House Appropriations Committee could bring it up later Friday and send it to the House for a Saturday floor vote.

The plan includes more money education, with costs offset partly by this year’s surplus tax collections and privatizing the state-run liquor and wine store system.

Lawmakers are preparing to work through the weekend with only five days left in the fiscal year. Top Democratic lawmakers say Wolf has told them that he’ll veto a GOP plan that doesn’t meet his priorities.

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