The elves are hard at work

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Senate staffers are hard at work fitting the jigsaw pieces together, otherwise known as the Marcellus gas tax. The senate took no action on Thursday, its last scheduled day to meet during the 2010 session.
So they mystery is still, well a mystery. Does the senate return to dig something out in overtime, or will it just let a gas tax evaporate?
Erik Arneson, spokesperson for Republican Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, told RocktheCapital this morning, “I don’t expect a decision until eary next week.”
The key to completing the puzzle rests with an agreement between the Senate, House and Gov. Ed Rendell.
If  they have it the Senate schedules in more days, which leaders have been willing to do prior to the election in November.
Republican leaders have balked over much of what was in a Democratically-controlled House bill, but seem to have softened since meeting twice this week with the governor.
The tax rate for extraction is now more in-line with republicans, who feared the house measure of 39 cents for every thousand cubic feet would drive the industry out of Pennsylvania.
When RTC asked Arneson if a forthcoming decision is to add more days or put the Big Dog (gas tax) on the floor he said, “Those are two sides of the same coin – if we add more days, the big dog lives. If not, the big dog gets put to sleep.”

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