Gov. Rendell yesterday announced an agreement on the state budget. Before getting too excited that a state budget might actually be passed on time I’m reminded of several such announcements last year which then fell apart. Nothing is official until it is passed and signed into law. This budget increases spending for economic development but cuts libraries, parks, agriculture and other vital programs. It does not include taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco and leaves the massive Delaware Loophole so most corporations don’t pay taxes in Pennsylvania. All in all it seems like a bad deal, again, for Pennsylvanians. You pay, they don’t.