Could one ever imagine that a debate over the establishment of an Independent Fiscal Office would cause a furor on Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill? The General Fund Budget is still hostage to Democratic insistence on lack of accountability.
Could you ever imagine that the president of a union would attack a budget authored by the Democratic leadership with these words?
"It is disheartening that lawmakers chose to balance this year's budget on the backs of some of Pennsylvania's most vulnerable individuals like our senior citizens, children and individuals with physical and mental disabilities rather than enacting common sense tax reforms," said Rick Bloomingdale, new president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
Senator Lisa Baker understood the importance of compromise.
"If this budget had failed to gain approval, there were only two places to go - more spending and higher taxes, which would place another unfortunate burden on families and job providers, or deeper cuts in spending, which would inflict hardships on many Pennsylvanians who depend on state services," said Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp.