Rendell Lashes Senate GOP Over Talks on Shale Tax


HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Ed Rendell on Friday accused state Senate Republican leaders of trying to run out the clock on their commitment to pass a bill imposing a new tax on Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry.

He wrote to them asking them to return to the negotiating table with other legislative leaders on Monday – a state holiday for Columbus Day – and reach an agreement. With time ticking down on the fall’s election-shortened legislative calendar, leaders of both chambers should schedule extra voting days before the Nov. 2 election, the governor said.

“It is something that they should do,” Rendell told reporters at a Capitol new conference. “The time for political posturing, ideological posturing, the time for attempting to run the clock out is over. The time to get to work and pass a serious bill is Monday at 1:30.”

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