25k 'non-essential' employees happily gave up a paycheck they considered 'non-essential' to their livelihood today. Unable to spend their lazy summer day lounging by the lake at one of the state's beautiful parks, they're doing what any self-respecting out-of-work Joe would do. Hittin the liquor store and heading to the betting parlor. Such are the state's priorities, booze, lotto and slots are still open for business.
So is it worth it? Capitolman and Highland Ave. are at loggerheads over this question. He says transit needs to wait for a special legislative session. I say I'm tired of the annual 'Port Authority Closure Emminent' routine, and want consistent funding for our busses. Face it, Sam Smith R-Punxawhathefuck PA doesnt get much heat down at the VFW during the annual transit cut dance. Nor does newly minted President Pro Temp W. Gapteeth McSheepbanger from Jefferson County... I didn't know there was a Jefferson County. So us city slickers are biting back- can't go bass fishin today Skeeter, 'cause Silver Tounge Sammy is playin his wheelen-dealin politickin games again.
As for the energy efficiency packages, I'm somewhat on the fence. Considering how many rambling Victorian houses in Pennsylvania's cities and older towns are bleeding heat in the winter, a plan for reducing energy burden could pay for itself in cost savings. Its an age-old question in construction- upfront cost vs. long-term savings- recast as a budgetary one. However, the Republicans claim that Rendell's plan isn't planned out is fair. Hate to say it Ed, but considering how ridiculous some green initiatives are, I need a little more evidence that my bond issue isn't going to be building solar energy fields in cloudy Pittsburgh.