Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell yesterday introduced a $28.3 billion general fund budget for fiscal 2009 that included a call for tax rebates to stimulate the economy and two proposals from last year that include bond funding. He also proposed a capital budget totaling $1.65 billion.

The proposed $28.3 billion general fund budget is an increase of 4.2% over fiscal 2008, and reduces spending by 2.1% in all areas of the budget other than education, public welfare, corrections and probation, and parole. Rendell proposed an increase of $291.3 million, or nearly 6% more from last year, in funding for education.

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