Originally printed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
What will Pennsylvanians remember about Gov. Tom Wolf? This is his final year in office, and Mr. Wolf’s original priorities remain mostly undone. Maybe that’s why he spent half of his budget address taking credit for major policy changes that crossed the finish line — often despite his own objections.
With little to no progress on his campaign issues — minimum wage, universal pre-K, campaign finance reform and progressive income taxes — Mr. Wolf is pegging his legacy on fiscal responsibility, public pension reform, wine and beer in grocery stores, and criminal justice reforms.
In fairness to the governor, major policy changes are challenging under divided government. As governor, he never had the luxury of a Democratic legislative majority. But leadership, centered on compromise, could have overcome this hurdle. Instead, Mr. Wolf remained rigid and aloof.
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