Pennsylvania Budget Hearings Concluded

Staff | September 28, 2010

The state legislature is wrapping up three weeks of budget hearings on Gov. Rendell's first proposed budget of his second term. Included in it are a variety of tax increases and complicated initiatives. The budget Rendell proposed would increase spending by 3.6 percent to almost $27.3 billion. The governor wants a supplemental increase in the budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. He suggested privatizing the Pennsylvania Turnpike and taxing the gross profits of oil companies to generate new money for the state's highways, bridges and mass transit systems. Also requested are five or more other tax or fee increases in the next fiscal year to make up for federal government shortfalls and an expansion of state-sponsored health insurance and alternative energy programs.