Shame on state Republicans and Democrats alike
[Re Pennsylvania Risks worst fiscal crisis]:
This article, from the Republican leaning Tribune-Review, places part of the blame where it belongs, on the Rendell administration. But it fails to address the fact that the Republicans have controlled the Senate the entire time Rendell has been in office.
No one forced them the Senate, under Juberlier and now Scarnati, to acquiese to this massive budget and deficit growth. They had every opportunity to stand up and stop the insanity.
But they didn’t. In addition to the unconscionable growth in spending and the deficit, the Republicans and Democrats together, starting around 2001, began a pension “holiday” and failed to properly fund the pensions of state employees and teachers as required by the law.
Because of this, as Pennsylvania property owners and taxpayers, we are now facing a calamity the extent of which is not actually known.
Shame on all of them.