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Rundown of Corbett's budget

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Governor Corbett has signed Pennsylvania's new 2014 budget into law. The talk now, is what "didn't" get done and what help was given to Philadelphia schools.

The governor is putting the best face on a $28.4 billion spending plan.

The good news: no new taxes.

But that plan accomplishes little of what Corbett wanted, even expected, from a legislature controlled by his own party.

The governor claims his plan provides an additional $140 million for Philadelphia schools.

Sounds like good news for at least some of the 3,800 workers set to be laid off, starting today.

But a closer look at that $140 million, courtesy of analysts at "the notebook," shows much of it was already accounted for in the district's budget, some isn't really state funding, other dollars are borrowed, and still other funding has strings attached that may cause teachers to balk.

All in all, not quite the rescue some in Philly were hoping for.

The plan to make it easier and cheaper to buy alcohol in Pennsylvania made it through the house, but died in the senate as the legislative session ended this weekend. There's still hope for reforms come the fall.

Transportation funding also stalled, over democratic demands for more mass transit dollars.

And state worker pension reforms were rejected by the legislature.

Governor Corbett has stressed the progress made on these big agenda items, and that's real.

But none of the big three has crossed the finish line, and Philly schools remain hurting' for money.

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