“The question is, “How do we find a bipartisan solution?” Stevenson said.
There is consensus about the need for action, and intense pressure for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to notch a victory before 2014, when he stands for re-election.
Even some Democrats believe that the time may be right for a transportation funding plan.
“I’d give that one a good strong chance,” said Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Lawrence County. “I don’t hold high hopes for liquor privatization or the pension reforms.”
But, with Corbett’s popularity at historic lows, it’s unclear whether Republican lawmakers will seek to put themselves at risk in order to achieve Corbett’s goals.
“I think we’re looking at more stagnation,” said Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie County.
Stevenson said that if Corbett’s perceived vulnerabilities are going to be factor, it will likely be because Democrats are more willing to draw a firm line in the sand to avoid giving Corbett any opportunity to claim a victory.