By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The failure of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s agenda in the final weeks of the legislature’s spring session is another setback for a governor heading toward an election year with abysmal poll numbers.READ MORE: Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporters Demand He Be Released From Prison For Health Reasons
On Sunday night, as legislative leaders declared there would be no action before recess on Corbett’s three major initiatives – liquor privatization, transportation funding and pension reform, the governor gave things a positive spin.
“We’ve made progress,” Corbett said. “These aren’t easy things to do.”READ MORE: Lymond Moses' Family Demands New Castle County Police Release Bodycam Video Of Deadly Shooting
The governor expressed optimism for a productive fall session of the legislature. But Franklin and Marshall College political analyst Terry Madonna says fall sessions are rarely as productive as the spring session with the pressing deadline of a long summer recess.
“It’s easy to push big decisions, controversial decisions – off,” Madonna said.MORE NEWS: 2 Vacant Buildings Partially Collapse In Logan Section Of Philadelphia
Madonna says fairly or unfairly, voters in these kind of situations tend question the leadership qualities of the chief executive. He says if Corbett comes up empty in the fall, it will certainly be a major issue in his re-election campaign.