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Will legislature stay in session?

Wonder what's happening with the state budget?

It's due in two weeks, you know, but we haven't had one on time in the seven years of Gov. Ed Rendell.

Will it be eight?

Rendell hopes not. He just sent a letter to House and Senate leader. It reads:

"I want to thank you for the earnest manner in which you have approached the work necessary to adopt a responsible state spending plan by the end of this fiscal year.  Your staff has engaged in productive exchanges of important information, and they have worked with administration officials at the appropriate times. I understand the process in which you are currently and exclusively engaged, and I look forward to hearing the outcome of that exercise.

Now, however, it is time to redouble our efforts.  That means all of us.  Pursuant to that end, I request that when the House and Senate come back into session on Monday, June 21, 2010, you remain in session and the members remain at the Capitol until a spending plan is finally negotiated and adopted.

If the people of Pennsylvania are going to feel pain then we should have no hesitation to feel inconvenienced."

Sounds good to me. Think it will happen? Pay attention this year.


Last year the budget was 101 days late and voters didn't care, at least not the ones that voted in the primary election.