No checks for you

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jim Gerlach has an idea for getting the state budget passed in a hurry. Call it a version of merit pay.

Gerlach, who represents Pennsylvania’s sixth district in Congress, is proposing that members of the General Assembly, as well as the governor, lieutenant governor and cabinet be docked a day’s pay for every day the budget is late. Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster) and Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) have actually already introduced bills that would do something similar.

Congressman Jim Gerlach

"The legislature and governor have a responsibility to conclude a budget by July 1," Gerlach told The Morning Call, though he did admit that legislators probably won’t be falling all over themselves in support of his plan.

I'm not sure if I think a law like this would lead to a faster, better budget, or a faster, worse one.