Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell yesterday released a $26.6 billion general fund proposal for fiscal 2010 that is $64.5 million, or 0.2%, less than the state's current fiscal 2009 $28 billion plan.

In addition to the proposed operating budget, officials anticipate borrowing $1.9 billion of new money in the next fiscal year to help finance capital projects throughout the state, up from an estimated $1.2 billion of bonds sold in the current year.

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