For those who are under the spell of Penn State football and who wished to return beloved Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno to his pedestal, I am sure new State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman is being feted as an effective, great elected official, and an all-around jolly good fellow.
Corman, who represents State College, was instrumental in bringing about a negotiated end to the NCAA-imposed sanctions, an agreement Penn State sought to renege on after football fans reacted to it with outrage. And it was Corman who proudly conducted a news conference to announce his success.
I hope he will demonstrate the same type of grit and determination in dealing with the legitimate and serious issues that face the commonwealth, including our burgeoning structural deficit, now estimated by the Gov.-elect Tom Wolf transition team to be a whopping $2.33 billion; the metastasizing $50 billion deficit pension fund crisis; the need to rid the commonwealth of the anachronistic and offensive state liquor store system, a vestige of Prohibition; and the impossible dream: property tax reform, which we have been promised, but has not materialized.
Corman is now expected to lead all of Pennsylvania, not only Nittany Lions devotees.
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