Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell yesterday proposed temporarily boosting the state's personal income tax by one-half percentage point to 3.57% to generate $1.5 billion of new revenue per year, a move that would help offset underperforming revenues.

The income tax increase would last for three years. Pennsylvania faces an additional $900 million deficit in its current $26.6 billion budget for the remainder of fiscal 2009, which ends June 30.

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