We may not be political scientists, but it is not hard for the ordinary citizen to see that Pennsylvania is in a sad situation: no budget, schools and agencies pinched, state credit rating tanking.
In order for the credit rating to go downhill at this rate, obviously the state operation has been underfinanced for years. More money has to come in. Doing things like changing the pension obligations for future hires would help, but not enough. Cutting loose the state liquor system might be a short-term help. But where is the long-range thinking?
The idea of increasing the sales tax is certainly acceptable if it is accompanied with a meaningful raise in minimum wage. The idea of taxing the shale drilling seems like a no-brainer, until you remember that certain politicians received money from the drilling interests.
We are looking for true and honest leaders in the legislature.