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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

So, as goes Michigan with right-to-work legislation, so goes Pennsylvania?

Ha! Don't count on it — not even with Republicans controlling the governor's mansion and the state Legislature.

Gov. Tom Corbett put it into perfect perspective for a Philadelphia radio station on Monday: “Until I see a strong will to get (right-to-work) legislation passed, we have a lot of other things that have to get passed.”

Mr. Corbett did not list right to work as a priority in a speech at The Pennsylvania Society in New York City last weekend. And it's had no legs in a Legislature that, on so many vital issues of the day, has no will and, thus, there's no way.

Or as Jake Haulk, president of the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy, puts it into blunt perspective:

“No liquor privatization. No teacher strike repeal. No fully funded school choice voucher program. No prevailing wage elimination. No reform of binding arbitration. No reform of the state's horrendously outdated property reassessment laws. No transit worker strike repeal. No pension reform worth calling reform.

“In short, if unions don't want it, it does not happen even with comfortable Republican majorities,” he says. “Although, to be sure, conservatives are not in a majority.”


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