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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Rendell's Budget Proposes Leasing Lt. Gov. Knoll

(HARRISBURG) - In a surprise move, Governor Rendell unveiled a budget today that proposes leasing or selling Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.

"Obviously, we're going to have to find some new and creative revenue sources in order to make up for a shortfall in federal funding," said Rendell. "It's nothing personal, I assure you."

The governor suggested that Knoll could be leased out to upper-end businesses for day-long periods to handle duties similar to those she deals with in Harrisburg, such as attending funerals (perhaps in place of corporate executives, he said) and presiding over otherwise boring meetings.

When asked to comment on the plan, Knoll said she hadn't really had time to think about it. "The budget address was the first I heard of it. That devil just snuck this into the budget without telling me. Come to think of it, he does a lot of things without telling me about them first."

Several state lawmakers were receptive to the plan, with many saying they would personally lease her for a few days to lend an extra hand with document shredding and other duties.