Governor Rendell Wants A Budget By Monday

07.30.09 | FL News Team

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Ed Rendell is putting the squeeze on lawmakers in an effort to move budget negotiations ahead.  He says he wants a budget by Monday, or he'll ask house Democrats to pass a bill already approved by the Republican-dominated Senate.

Once that measure passes, Rendell says he plans to use a line-item veto on as many as 600 of 700 items in the budget.  Those items include eleven-billion dollars in education funding and 300-million for the legislature itself, according to the "Post-Gazette."  Rendell says state police and prison funds would not be touched.