Snubbing Rendell?

Posted by By at 8 October, at 15 : 47 PM Print

Governor Rendell is not on his knees, but there is a distinctive begging in his tone to put a shale gas tax to bed.
With workable days in the session few and precious, and the sun setting on Rendell’s governorship — he has put out a final call to legislative leaders and the gas industry to meet with him on Monday.
Rendell, in a strongly worded two page letter –obtained by RocktheCapital, reminded the shakers that he signed a budget in to law that accounted for millions from a Marcellus gas tax. Committing himself with the blessing of the legislative leadership that promised to deliver a severance tax by October 1st.
A fractured,, Senate has found no room for common ground. A back-room compromise, if there had ever been one, has evaporated.
“We must stop the carping and criticizing and reach an agreement on a bill that will allow us to continue to meet the environmental challenges that shale drilling creates…,” said Rendell.
Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s office told RTC the leadership will not attend Rendell’s meeting on Monday.
“If the governor is interested in meeting in person, our leaders will be available on Tuesday morning. We’ve been meeting with legislative Democrats and the governor’s staff over the past several weeks, and until just a few hours ago the governor has not expressed any interest in becoming personally involved,” said Erik Arneson, Pileggi’s Communications Director.

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