HARRISBURG - Gov. Rendell today gave legislative leaders a Sunday deadline to deliver to him an approved state budget to sign.
"We need to bring this to a conclusion," said Rendell at a news conference this afternoon after a meeting with House and Senate leaders at the Governor's Mansion.
Rendell said counties, municipalities and non-profit groups are struggling to make ends meet in the absence of state funding.
Ten days ago, Rendell and Democratic legislative leaders, joined by Senate Republicans, announced a handshake agreement to end the state's three-month-old budget impasse. But details on the $27.9 billion deal promised at that time have not yet emerged and Rendell wants to see legislature work through the week and the weekend if necessary to get the fine-tuning on the budget completed.
Rendell's deadline order comes as growing discontent among factions of rank-and-file lawmakers which oppose various revenue-generating options. Some are opposed to expanded natural gas drilling on state land. Some are against a tax on small games of chance. Others are dead-set against a tax on arts events.
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