Rendell offers fighting words on education spending

Governor Rendell and Republican leaders struck different tones after this year’s first major budget negotiating session.

Speaking after a meeting at the governor’s mansion, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi said he’s hopeful the budget can pass on time this year.

But later in the day, Rendell told reporters he wants to see another increase in basic education spending, and he’s happy to drag negotiations into mid-summer to make sure that happens.

The governor has asked for a 354 million dollar increase in that line item. He says there’s “room for compromise,” but he wants to see an increase.

Rendell says he’s willing to make cuts elsewhere, and predicts the final budget will be less than the 29 billion dollar spending plan he submitted in February.


About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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