Wednesday, July 11, 2007


The final budget agreement immediately ended the furloughs, and there is a general sense that the workers will be paid for their forced day off.

The final budget agreement was good for labor, with more money for unionized workers in highway construction, mass transit, and education. Health care cost initiatives will enable money that would have gone to health care benefits or deductibles to go to salaries instead. Energy conservation measures will save workers dollars from going abroad and keep more money in the United States.

Both Governor Rendell and House Democratic Appropriations Chair Dwight Evans deserve credit for for insisting that no status quo budget was acceptable, that the budget had to move clearly in the direction of helping to solve urgent state and federal problems.

July 10, 2007

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