Pennsylvania Senate rejects House budget bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Senate has rejected the House's proposed no-taxes budget plan.

Senators voted 43 to 7 to reject the House proposal to fill a two billion dollar budget gap.

Democratic Sen. Lisa Boscola, who represents parts of Lehigh and Northampton counties, voted against the House plan.

She said she hopes the funding bill go to conference committee, where she believes the differences between the House and the Senate can be worked out.

Making matters even more complicated, Standard and Poor's downgraded the state's credit rating Wednesday.

That means taxpayers will have to pay more if lawmakers choose to borrow money.

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