Well no sooner than we had groused that lawmakers and the Gov. Tom Wolf were doing little more than trading rhetorical shots over the state budget -- instead of actually negotiating -- they went and proved us right. Sort of ... Emerging from a whole 35 minutes of budget talks with Republican leaders on Monday, Democrat Wolf told reporters that he "could just roll over, but I'm not going to do that,"Wolf said of the prospect of reaching a deal. "I don't think the people of Pennsylvania want us not to invest in education."
Perhaps Gov. Wolf and the Pennsylvania legislature should take a break from their budget and tax battles and spend some time in Norway. Or keep the costs down by visiting North Dakota instead. Both Norway and North Dakota are model petro-powers. Both sit atop massive oil resources and yet they have devised ways to avoid the common "resource curse" that so often afflicts major producers of nonrenewable energy like oil, gas, and coal.
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