Pennsylvania’s state government partially shut down

| 7/9/2007

Pennsylvania’s state government was partially shut down Monday after Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and the Republican-dominated Senate couldn’t agree on a $27 billion budget.

About 25,000 so-called non-essential workers were told to stay home and scores of state services were cut back or discontinued – including the issuance of driver’s licenses and transportation permits, and routine highway maintenance.

According to Bloomberg, the legislative stalemate occurred when senators rejected Rendell’s call for a surcharge on electric bills to pay for alternative energy sources, such as wind power.