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Rendell rejects latest offer to end Pa. budget impasse

September 17, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Ed Rendell is rejecting an offer made by legislative negotiators Wednesday night in an effort to end the state's 2 1/2-month budget impasse.

Rendell said at an event in Bensalem on Thursday that the latest offer still doesn't contain the kind of revenue necessary to avoid another deficit.

Rendell's comments were carried by the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

The governor repeated his intention to veto such a proposal, but says he is still hopeful that legislators will submit a better plan.

The legislators announced a nearly $28 billion spending plan late last week, and have been working since then to sway Rendell.

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Pennsylvania is the last state in the nation still wrestling over its budget.

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