Maybe there is hope for bipartisanship after all.
Or maybe it’s just a bunch of self-involved politicians simply acting in their own self-interests during an election year, when no one wants to anger voters.
No matter the reason, the overall outcome is mildly encouraging, even if there are numerous reasons to be concerned about some of the details.
If you haven’t heard, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled Legislature wrapped up budget negotiations a week before Pennsylvania’s new government fiscal year starts.
You read that correctly.
After three years of protracted partisan rancor that resulted in three straight late budgets — including the 2015 debacle, which wasn’t settled until March of 2016 — Wolf and his Republican opponents actually acted like adults and performed the duties they were elected to do.