The proposed 2018-19 state budget that increases education spending from preschool to higher education and requires no increase taxes or fees easily passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The 188-10 vote to pass the $32.7 billion spending plan allows the bill to move to the Senate which is expected to vote on it on Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf has signaled he will sign it into law when it reaches his desk.

The increase in spending is $560 million or 1.7 percent over this year’s nearly $32 billion budget, but is nearly $300 million less than Wolf proposed in February.

“This is a fiscally responsible budget that provides for the needs of the citizens of this commonwealth without increasing taxes,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor, R-York County. After hailing the bi-partisan cooperation in arriving at a budget agreement, he said, “We have a budget we can all agree to is a good budget for the citizens of Pennsylvania.”

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