Rendell Wants More Talks On Natural-Gas Tax
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Ed Rendell is calling on Republicans who control the state Senate to resume negotiations over a prospective tax on natural-gas drilling.
The Democratic governor spoke Monday in response to a question at a news conference on an unrelated topic.
Rendell proclaimed the tax dead last week, blaming legislative Republicans for what he described as their failure to offer a reasonable compromise on the tax rate – one of mulitple issues that have stalled progress.
He said he would work “night and day’’ to reach a compromise if Senate Republicans are willing to hold a “lame duck’’ sesssion after the Nov. 2 election. Senate leaders have said they will not hold any voting session after the election.
A Senate GOP spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.