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Post-Gazette: Rendell wants lawmakers to return for gas tax action

HARRISBURG — Upset that the Legislature has not fulfilled a pledge to enact a Marcellus Shale gax tax, Gov. Ed Rendell is calling legislative leaders to return to the Capitol Monday for a special meeting with gas industry officials.

The goal of the unusual session, to be held on the Columbus Day holiday, is to hammer out a shale gas tax that the Legislature can vote on in the next couple of weeks.

Mr. Rendell admitted today he can’t force House and Senate leaders to return on Monday, but if they don’t, “I will make it clear to the people that the Legislature is shirking its duty.”

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