HARRISBURG - The state budget is on the move.
The House Appropriations Committee kicked out a $28.3 billion spending blueprint Monday, positioning it for a floor vote as early as next week - while Senate Democrats were unveiling a competing plan.
Those dueling actions were yet another indication that negotiations in the Capitol will be grueling as Gov. Corbett and the legislature race to meet the July 1 deadline for a new state budget.
Both sides have said they expect an on-time budget, but political reality may dictate otherwise. Along with the budget deal, the governor has said he wants the legislature to tackle initiatives that have come to be known as the "Big Three": pension reform, transportation funding, and liquor privatization. All are considered important to Corbett's reelection chances.