Is Philadelphia screwed, now that Dwight Evans is out of the leadership in Harrisburg, and the governor is being replaced by a Republican from Western Pennsylvania?
“Welcome to the Post-Rendell No Soup For You, Era for Philadelphia,” a Harrisburg insider told me today.
There’s plenty of discretionary spending in state government, he explained, and when Philadelphia had Rendell, Evans and Vince Fumo there, the city got so much that politicians from other parts of the state resented it.
But I when joined State Rep. John Taylor for panel discussion at the Philadelphia Bar Association this morning, I got another perspective.
Taylor said the state is so hopelessly broke that there won’t be any discretionary spending in the next budget.
“It doesn’t really matter who’s in charge if there’s no money to spend,” he said.
He also predicted the next legislature will be even more tax hike-resistant than the current one, and will pass a budget so austere that even conservative Republicans will feel heat from their constituents when service cuts take effect.