Local State Budgets Pass On Time

All three states make fiscal deadline.

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    Pennsylvania State House in Harrisburg, Pa.

    For the first time in eight years, the Pennsylvania legislature has passed a budget on time.

    Harrisburg lawmakers beat the midnight deadline by approving a streamlined $28 billion spending plan.

    The proposed budget boosts spending over the previous year by less than one percent.

    Governor Ed Rendell could sign the bill by this weekend when two other budget-related measures reach his desk.

    Also early this morning, the state of Delaware's new budget was signed and sealed.

    Late last night, Dover legislators passed a $3.3 billion spending plan. Governor Jack Markell wasted little time in signing the measure that includes a spending hike of nearly seven percent.

    On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put his signature on a $29 billion dollar budget that cuts state spending by 2.2 percent and has no major tax increases.