Corbett’s administration has been a shambles from the start. His cabinet officials are running through a revolving door. Republicans in the state legislature, from ‘tea party’ to conservative to moderate, have turned their backs on him. Republicans have unbeatable majorities in both the House and Senate, and virtually none of his initiatives have made it through.
He has slashed education budgets to the point that many school districts may never recover.
He has allowed out-of-state gas drillers to extract natural gas with essentially no concern for the environmental and public health damage and without implementing an extraction tax. The state is losing billions of dollars in potential tax revenue because of his sweetheart deals with the drillers.
The two most important issues on the minds of Pennsylvanians are the economy and education. His two big initiatives were the privatization of the state’s liquor control system and pension reform. Neither of those got anywhere, while he ignored education and the economy.
Basically, Rome is burning and Nero is fiddling. I have not found a single person, from blue-collar conservative Catholic Republicans to big city liberal Democrats who wants to see another four years of dysfunction.
For people who support Corbett because he’s a “Pro-Life” Catholic: **He has signed 34 execution warrants since taking office in 2011. **