(Hangin’ tough, in a funky way)
To override Tom Wolf’s veto of the fifth Tom Corbett budget Republicans have presented to him, Republicans need to get two-thirds of lawmakers in both houses to vote for that.
That means they need to get between 16 and 18 Democrats in the House to vote for the fifth Corbett budget, and 6-7 in the Senate.
But the most conservative Democrats in the House say that’s not happening, reports Charles Thompson.
A leader of the conservative wing of the state House Democratic Caucus said Monday House Republicans will have trouble finding the votes needed to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s June 30 budget veto.
Rep. Nick Kotik’s comments came in response to remarks earlier in the day from House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, suggesting an override push may be necessary if Wolf doesn’t start negotiating more realistically to reach a delayed state budget.
As long as Democrats keep sticking together until the bitter end, Republicans are going to have to abandon the “majority of the majority” rule and allow moderate Southeast and South Central suburban Republicans to negotiate a deal with all Democrats. That’s going to make the tea people mad at leadership, but there’s just no other way to get this done realistically.
Turzai also hinted at an outline for a potential deal that makes a lot of sense for Wolf and urban Democrats to take, on the substance. Moderate Republicans will vote for more revenues if Democrats sell out their donors in the UFCW on liquor privatization.
Wolf is going to end up having to give Republicans something they can claim as a win, and as I’ve been arguing for years, it doesn’t make any sense for urban and suburban Democrats to oppose this.
Populous areas of the state would enjoy more consumer choice and jobs if we allowed private liquor stores, and even more if we uncapped liquor licenses. This is easily worth trading for a severance tax and more school funding, especially if Wolf ensure that the plan is made revenue-neutral.