Originally published in TribLive.
Every year, Pennsylvania enacts a 1,000-page budget, the most important vote legislators take each year because it determines our state government’s priorities for the next year.
This year’s budget talks face a rare challenge: What to do with an extra $7.2 billion of temporary covid aid sent by the federal government?
This might sound like a good problem to have, but from this surprise cash bonanza arises the temptation to double down on overspending, propping up bureaucracies, and using the funds to patch over long-term fiscal programs. Instead legislators should focus on our state’s two biggest pandemic-fueled crises: high unemployment and student learning loss.
Small business activity in this state has…