PA to Borrow up to $600 Million for 'Pet Building Projects'


The new $28 billion state budget was part of a deal that would boost state borrowing by as much as $600 million to pay for construction projects such as new public buildings to be named after U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter and late U.S. Rep. John Murtha.

About half of the projects it will finance are being hand-picked by Gov. Ed Rendell. Legislators expect to assemble a second list in the coming months that also must be authorized by legislation before they can receive money.

Rendell is earmarking $10 million for the Arlen Specter Library at Philadelphia University and another $10 million for the John P. Murtha Center for Public Policy at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

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