MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA -- As Pennsylvania lawmakers applaud their ability to file a budget on time this year, Governor Rendell is lamenting their refusal to pass new taxes.
The governor signed the $28-billion spending plan yesterday at Elmwood Elementary School in Mechanicsburg.
Even as he stamped his approval on the budget, Rendell complained about the Legislature's refusal to tax cigars and smokeless tobacco and increase taxes on cigarettes.
Lawmakers did, however, agree to take up legislation in the fall that would impose a tax on natural gas extraction.
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