Ed Rendell has just a few days remaining in his 8 years as governor of Pennsylvania.
The Democrat will be remembered as a big talker and a big spender, once he departs Pennsylvania’s political scene.
The state budget was a bit below $21 billion the year he took office, and last year’s budget was more than $28 billion.
At Rendell's urging, the legislature boosted education funding by billions of dollars and allocated an unprecedented amount of money to kindergarten and pre-K programs.
Rendell was also aggressive about using state money as a catalyst for economic development projects across Pennsylvania.
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