News: Pennsylvania is 26th in state spending per capita - slightly below average nationally on what it spends per citizen on state government.
In addition, the Governor has proposed fiscally responsible budgets that have increased spending just 2.1 percent, slightly below the rate of inflation. The budgets adopted after negotiations with the legislature increased overall state spending by an average of 5.4 percent.
At the Governor's direction, all state agencies and departments under the Governor's control have been told to hold the line on spending for 2006-07. They are to keep their operating budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year at 2005-06 levels, despite anticipated increases in wages, health care costs and pension benefits.
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