Losing Your Voice
The Patriot-News covers the lamentations of mid-state legislators who have lost their voice with the new Democrat majority.
The midstate members said they fear the change in House control leaves southcentral Pennsylvania with a diminished voice in the Legislature, especially with the ouster of Senate Majority Leader David “Chip” Brightbill, R-Lebanon. He lost to Mike Folmer in the Republican primary, then Folmer won the seat.
Some midstate Republicans worry that they will have a tougher time pressing for matters important to this region, such as guaranteeing extra state aid for fast-growing school districts. Other fights loom over changing funding formulas for systems as diverse as roads, aging and mental health/mental retardation to better reflect population shifts.
“I thought we were about to take a small step forward” in terms of legislative power and influence in the House, Nickol said, noting the impending rise of four midstate Republicans to committee posts. “Now, we’re taking a bigger step backward.”
The eight southcentral Pennsylvania counties had 25 House members in the Republican majority — nearly a quarter of the membership.
It’s unfortunate, indeed, but I bet a number of these guys were involved in all of the schemes that helped lose that majority. Casinos, pay raises, spending hikes, tax hikes, etc.