Rendell: "There's going to be a compromise"

October 4, 2009 6:55:52 PM PDT
Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell says legislative leaders are making progress again toward a budget agreement after the collapse of a previous deal. Rendell spoke briefly with reporters while leaving his Capitol offices Sunday night following a meeting with top House and Senate Democrats.

Rendell says he believes "there's going to be a compromise" and that the differences between Democrats and the Senate's Republican majority "are narrowing substantially."

The state's budget is already three months late, while the politically divided Legislature has struggled over how to resolve a multibillion-dollar revenue shortfall.

A deal on a nearly $28 billion budget was announced Sept. 18. But rank-and-file House Democrats forced key changes to the deal's tax package that Republicans oppose.

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