Corbett's crew: Let's hope the new team delivers for Pennsylvania

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While many Pennsylvanians have used their summer to hit the road, relax by the water or hike the mountains, Gov. Tom Corbett has spent the time reinventing his staff.

In the last four weeks, he has hired a new chief of staff (his third), a new legislative liaison and a new director of communications.

It's no surprise. The governor's poll numbers are dismal (his approval rating in June was 35 percent), he's up for re-election next year and his legislative victories have been few.

Although we'll leave Mr. Corbett's popularity and bid for a second term to Mr. Corbett, Pennsylvanians have a stake in whether their chief executive can get things done in Harrisburg. And with the governor's party in control of the House and Senate as well, it's worth wondering why all those Republicans can't line up the votes to solve the state's most basic problems.

Still famously undone are a transportation funding formula, privatization of the state's liquor monopoly (the Republicans' decades-long quest) and reform of the state employee pension system.

If Gov. Corbett's new inner circle can get action on this unholy trinity, they'll be worth every penny of their public salaries. If not, their time in Harrisburg will be like a short, wet week at the beach.



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