Governor Corbett gets caught in no man’s land, Mayor Nutter doesn’t get his cigarette tax and the state legislature takes even more punches. See who made this week’s list.
Tom Corbett. A few weeks ago, we brought up the “never get out of the boat” lesson here concerning Tom Wolf and the Democratic State Committee. Gov. Corbett’s strategy on the budget is just as apt of an example. He could have chosen to sign the budget and trumpet four years of on-time, balanced budgets or he could’ve used his veto power and fought it out over pension reform. Instead, the Governor tried to thread the needle and ended up stuck in “no man’s land”, prolonging this episode without getting what he felt the state needed. When it comes to Gov. Corbett’s methods this month you have to once again go back to Apocalypse Now: “I don’t see any method at all, sir.”
Michael Nutter. The Mayor of Philadelphia was all over the Capitol the last few days fighting feverishly for a $2-a-pack cigarette tax that would supply funds to the city’s cash-strapped schools. Unfortunately for him, and the city’s schoolchildren, the measure was stalled thanks to a poison pill amendment. Nutter’s term as Mayor ends next year and there have been indications that he may have his eye on higher office. This loss could be a stinging setback to those ambitions.
Katie McGinty. Speaking of that fight between Wolf and the Democratic committee, it was unclear at first how involved this new PAC would really be when it concerned candidates not named Tom Wolf. Well, this week we found out FreshStartPA intends to be focused on more than just the gubernatorial nominee. That’s great news for McGinty, who is Chairwoman of what everyday appears more and more like a state committee in everything but name.
State Legislature. On the one hand, the legislature passed the budget on time, a prospect that once seemed dubious. Yet, as has often been the case, few are happy about it. On top of that, it now appears that Governor Corbett will be running against the legislature in the fall, which makes two gubernatorial candidates. We know the legislative body has been far from perfect but the sheer amount of opposition and vitriol is still something to see.
Our tweet of the week comes from eagle-eyed reporter Kevin Zwick from Capitolwire. We know there’s no way the Governor intended this, but it’s just too good to resist.
— Kevin Zwick (@kevinjzwick) July 10, 2014