Why Call it a Standoff?

Why Call it a Standoff?

A newspaper op-ed on the Pennsylvania School Boards Association lawsuit on school funding opted to describe the holdup in school funding due to the Governor’s line-item veto as a “standoff” between the General Assembly and the Governor.  It is sort of like the language used in an article describing the budget situation that we pointed out in our most recent Brief. 

If the Legislature passed $5.6 billion for basic education, and it was reduced via a line-item veto to try and create “leverage”, why does the General Assembly get labeled as one-half of the parties in a standoff?  The op-ed does refer to the line-item veto as “ill advised” but not until later in the piece.

The question needs to be asked: why would the Governor veto items (basic education and corrections) that clearly are critical and necessary functions of the Commonwealth and have to be funded?