We’ll have more details when all the different parts of the “on time Republican budget” are passed, but I was glad to see it passed on a party-line vote:
The Senate voted 26-24, with one Republican, Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, breaking ranks. The House was still debating the budget as this column was filed. Around 10:30 p.m., the House voted 108-95 to approve the spending plan.
There was an air of disappointment over what didn’t get done: Namely, pension reform (which sort of happened in the Senate) and some kind of liquor reform (which is probably never going to happen).
Corbett, in a statement, hammered that disappointment home, saying he was withholding his signature because lawmakers failed to send him a pension reform bill.
In the meantime, here’s a disturbing line from Angela Couloumbis’s report. Corbett supports the cigarette tax, but he’s still holding it hostage anyway to shake down Democrats for an unrelated policy ask:
Corbett said that while he backs a cigarette tax to support Philadelphia schools, he still wants to see votes on a pension plan.
“While this action addresses the immediate needs of the Philadelphia School District, let me be clear: I continue to fight for meaningful pension reform for Philadelphia schools and all schools across the commonwealth, which will provide a long-term solution for them,” Corbett said.
How negotiations work is that you give something you don’t support to get something somebody else doesn’t support. If Corbett supports the cigarette tax, and Democrats support the cigarette tax, then there’s nothing to negotiate about. You both agree, so pass the cigarette tax.
If Corbett’s holding back something he agrees with just to get an unrelated concession, then that’s a pretty straightforward hostage-taking.
(via John Micek)