Governor Rendell Vetoes Pa Budget

07.14.09 | FL News Team

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Ed Rendell vetoed the legislature's proposed $27.3-billion budget. Mr. Rendell said Monday he was encouraged by the House Republican proposal introduced last week, because it requires more than $1-billion in new revenue sources.

However, the governor said it cuts too deeply and the tax amnesty it proposes is not realistic or in the state's best interests. He also said the plan is about $300-million short of what he wants it to be.

Governor Rendell made it clear he is not abandoning his personal income tax increase proposal and is determined to protect children's programs from state budget cuts. However, he did admit he would be willing to negotiate on it.

The state budget is already nearly two weeks overdue.