A final vote is approaching for the main appropriations bill in a $32.7 billion spending package for Pennsylvania’s approaching fiscal year. Today’s scheduled Senate vote comes three days after first details of the no-new-taxes package were unveiled. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly Wednesday and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf supports it after negotiating with Republican majority leaders. The package boosts spending through the state’s main operating account by $700 million, or 2 percent. The increase goes largely to schools, social services, pensions and prisons. However, critics say it masks the true spending increase by sending roughly $900 million in Medicaid costs off-budget.

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