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He has "crossed the Rubicon" in his work in Harrisburg. Altmire -- fairly or otherwise -- will paint him with the broad brush of What Voters Hate About Harrisburg.
Look for his vote on the budget this year. He's in the House R Leadership -- he'll be expected to be a "yes" vote.
It would be comical if it weren't so sickening.
Yeah, I guess he told her!
Instead, what will likely happen is legislators, facing the option of raising state sales and income taxes, will begin to ask for money for pet projects (e.g., soccer stadiums and museums dedicated to slam dancing) and favored interest groups (e.g., an increase in the $5 billion in state aid to school districts to cover teacher contract salary increases). This log rolling effect -- "I'll vote for this nasty tax increase if you make sure money is in the budget for something I want" -- will balloon the deficit from $3 billion to nearly $4 billion). It happened in 1991, and it will happen again in 2009.