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Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid virus uncertainty

Harrisburg, PA (AP) — Pennsylvania state government is preparing a temporary no-new-taxes budget plan that maintains current spending levels while budget makers watch to see how badly tax collections are damaged by coronavirus-related shutdowns and whether the federal government sends more aid to states.

Officials in the House and Senate said Tuesday they expected votes on a roughly $25.8 billion package this week.

The main budget bill squeaked by the House, 103-99, just hours after it was unveiled.

The package carries full-year money for public schools.

But most operating budget lines would be funded only through Nov. 30, Senate and House officials said.