Oh yeah – the budget is higher

The agreed-to budget figure Gov. Rendell reported last night was lower. From Pennsylvania Legislative Services:

By Kimberly Collins
This afternoon the Governor met with the Capitol press corps to answer questions about the budget agreement.

What is the final budget number if you count transportation?
$27.494 billion, which is a 4.5% increase. The Republicans are reporting $27.177 billion, which is the final number not including transportation, which has been removed from the budget for the next several decades.

What was the $27.369 billion number you announced last night?
That wasn’t all inclusive.

I’ve corrected my earlier numbers (which were low) – this now represents a 5.3% increase over what was passed last year (See Explanation of different increase numbers) and $558 over the TPA.