Pennsylvania’s next governor will help determine a potential tax on natural gas drilling as an agreement on the issue between the state legislature and outgoing Gov. Edward Rendell is unlikely.

Last year, lawmakers forged a fiscal 2011 budget agreement with the intention that they would address a tax on the extraction of natural gas by Oct. 1, 2010 and implement the levy in January 2011. Rendell and his fellow Democrats, who control the House, have sought a higher tax rate than their Republican counterparts. GOP members hold a majority in the Senate.

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