Karla MacFarlane, the member of the legislature for Pictou West, says the cost of doing nothing is too great for the area.
The government announced Tuesday that it will not contribute funding for a $150,000 study on the possibility of forming a regional government.
Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey says he made the decision after meetings were held with the six municipal governments in the county.
Furey says it's clear there is no consensus among the local councils on how to move a plan forward.
The proposed study was originally suggested by the Pictou Chamber of Commerce.
The provincial government agreed in 2010 to pay up to $150,000 for the study on the condition that all six councils agreed.
Furey says that never happened and the province has backed out.