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For the First Time in His 8 Years as Governor, Ed Rendell Passes a Budget On-Time!

July 1, 2010

Pennsylvania will meet its Constitutional budget obligations for the first time since Ed Rendell took residence in the Governor’s mansion.

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.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Fairplay permalink
    July 1, 2010 11:06 am

    With this budget, the new governor, whoever he is, is going to see his term of office declared DOA within hours of his being sworn in. PA, you’re in BIG trouble.

    • July 1, 2010 2:57 pm

      That is exactly why voters need to get behind Tom Corbett. Onorato will solve the budget problems with tax increases, just like he did in Allegheny County, Corbett will find the savings and make the cuts necessary to balance Pennsylvania’s budget deficit.

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