When Gov. Edward Rendell first proposed the leasing of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for an upfront sum of cash last February in his budget address, the General Assembly showed no appetite for it — until now.

Last week, when the General Assembly returned from winter break, Senator John R. Gordner and Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati, both Republicans, expressed interest in turnpike leasing plans. Both are uncertain about when and whether tolling of I-80 under Act 44, which requires federal approval, will be implemented.

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