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Kentucky not the only “special” state

April 21, 2010

Kentucky’s not alone in turning to special legislative sessions to get work done.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell convened a special session for lawmakers to tackle road funding issues.

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (AP Photo)

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG — Legislators will be looking for the least painful ways to provide additional funding for road and bridge repairs when Gov. Ed Rendell convenes a special session of the Legislature starting May 4.

The special session is needed because federal officials refused to approve tolls for Interstate 80, which the state was expecting to generate $472 million for roads, bridges and mass transit. That decision left a huge hole in the state’s transportation budget, and Mr. Rendell wants a special session where legislators will deal only with that issue.

There is no deadline for legislators to approve additional money for transportation, however, and discussion on that subject is expected to coincide with an intense partisan debate over adopting a new state budget of $28 billion to $29 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

And Pennsylvania already has slot machines. Hmmm.



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