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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Debate on a new state budget is on tap today in the Pennsylvania House.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, an Allegheny County Republican, says the final version of the budget – negotiated by legislative leaders and the governor — is not very different from the version okayed by the Senate a few weeks ago.

“We’ve had this proposal out, really, since the Senate passed the bill. The House-Senate proposal has been essentially the same. There’s like very little surprise.”

The budget bill before the House restores all of the cuts proposed by Governor Corbett for three state-related universities – Temple, Pitt and Penn State – and 14 state-owned universities, and restores about half of the governor’s proposed 20-percent cuts for county-run human service programs.

It would also eliminate the Welfare Department’s general assistance program.