The final bill related to the 2013-14 Pennsylvania state budget passed Monday as lawmakers made a one-day return to the Capitol caused by a dispute over a payday lending provision.
The main budget bill was passed and signed by Governor Tom Corbett on June 30th, during the final hours of the past fiscal year, and Corbett has repeatedly touted on-time budgets as a major accomplishment of his administration.
Democrats said the fiscal code bill, which passed 103-85 on Monday, with a single Republican voting "no," was a critical part of the budget. Representative Joe Markosek, the ranking Democrat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, said there was "no excuse for the budget to be late," given Republican control of both chambers and the governorship.
The fiscal code was changed by the Senate on July 3rd to remove a sentence that said the House and Senate Republican leadership intended to pass Consumer Discount Company Act legislation by the end of October.
State budget officials said passage of the fiscal code was needed to avoid a host of negative effects on state government.
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