Jessica Miller | June 30, 2010
The pending state budget has spooked Pennsylvania’s anti-smoking activists. An annual payment the state gets as part of a legal settlement with tobacco companies is supposed to go to a number of health care sources. A couple of months ago, Gov. Ed Rendell told legislative leaders about a plan to redirect more than $300 million from that settlement into Pennsylvania’s general fund, which is basically a pot for all the state’s money that isn’t designated for a specific purpose.