For the First Time in His 8 Years as Governor, Ed Rendell Passes a Budget On-Time!
By Votes of 117-84 and 37-13, the Pennsylvania House and Senate voted to pass the appropriations bill, leaving the governor’s signature as the final step before Pennsylvania’s first on-time budget in seven years.
Mr. Rendell had proposed an initial budget of $29 billion, lawmakers were able to negotiate the final spending amount down to $28 billion.
State Rep. Sam Rohrer (R-Berks) was appalled by the bill, which counts on $3 Billion from the Federal Government, a large portion of that not approved by Congress as of yet.
“It highly disturbs me that we can stand here and call this a legitimate budget. It is not balanced, and we know that. You cannot offer a balanced budget when you have $850 million in revenue that depends on a fickle body in Washington.”
Republican leadership is pleased that they were able to negotiate a bill that did not raise taxes on Pennsylvanians, while also addressing the Governor’s top priorities of education spending and economic stimulus.
Rendell is expected to sign the bill on Thursday.