Gov. Rendell managed to win hundreds of millions for pet projects - most of them in the Philadelphia area - in his final budget.
As part of the deal approved by the General Assembly on Saturday, Rendell gets $298 million to hand out for projects over the next six months as part of the economic development borrowing bill. Two of the projects will honor two of the state's leading Democratic powerbrokers - the late Rep. John Murtha and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter.
One is the "Arlen Specter Library Project Center" at Philadelphia University and the other, in Johnstown, is the "John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy." Each project calls for $10 million in state money, according to Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
The move did not sit well with lawmakers, including in Rendell's own party. One western House Democrat and Rendell supporter on most policy issues, told Capitolwire: "Why would we cut library funding for the blind and disabled, for people across the state, but pay for libraries to commemorate Specter and Murtha? Talk about tone-deaf!"