Rendell sent the letter to state House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) taking on each of the main issues the leaders took in their letter.
“I am writing to respond to your letter from May 18, 2017. I regret that you sent this letter to me without first contacting me because I could have given you information that would have corrected many of the misstatements and inaccuracies in the letter,” Rendell opened the letter saying.
Rendell immediately pushed against the statement that the Committee’s surplus was $4 million dollars. He says that by the time the distributions of the surplus occurred the the surplus was actually $2.1 million dollars.
He also points out that the money from the state was spent in accordance with the contract between the state and the Committee.
“The Commonwealth got exactly what it contracted. In fact, in January of this year, we received a letter from the Compliance Monitoring Division of DCED which stated, ‘Congratulations to you and others involved in this project for the successful use of funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,’” Rendell wrote.
Rendell finishes the letter taking on the current budget situation, and the issues the legislature is having balancing the budget. Rendell gave Governor Tom Wolf and Democrats some ammo in their push for new revenues for the budget.
“As for revenue, I would suggest that it is time for Pennsylvania to join every other shale state in The Union and enact a severance tax. Estimates are that this could produce as much as $500 million which would certainly be helpful in dealing with your deficit.”