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Rendell tells lawmakers to 'quicken the pace' on ending budget impasse

October 01, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Gov. Ed Rendell says he wants Pennsylvania lawmakers to "quicken the pace" on wrapping up a state budget and says there's no excuse for further delays.

After a meeting with top legislators Thursday, Rendell said they should keep their members in Harrisburg and push to end the three-month-old impasse. But he says a Sunday deadline he established earlier this week no longer seems realistic.

Rendell's remarks come amid discord among rank-and-file House Democrats regarding details of a nearly $28 billion agreement between the governor and three legislative caucuses.

Among the sticking points are proposals to tax small games of chance, expand drilling on state-owned land and tax tickets to stage performances and cultural sites.

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There are also unresolved details about the proposed legalization of table games like poker at slots casinos.

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