Another day has come and gone without agreement on any of the major policy initiatives in Harrisburg.
As the legislative clock quickly winds down to the June 30 deadline to pass a state budget, Gov. Corbett and Republicans who control the legislature are struggling to strike a compromise on what have come to be known as "The Big Three": privatizing the sale of wine and liquor, reining in the skyrocketing cost of public employee pensions, and funding roads, bridges and mass transit.
Senate Republicans spent nearly five hours behind closed doors Wednesday trying to hammer out their differences on liquor privatization, only to postpone taking up amendments to the bill on the floor, as they had planned. Meanwhile, their Republican counterparts in the House moved fitfully between calling committee meetings to vote on a transportation funding bill, and then canceling them.
Legislators also pressed the pause button on moving pension legislation to put all new state employees into 401(K)-style plans, as well as the $28.3 billion budget bill.