And perhaps it's the only way to get off high center on this issue, even if the approach is flawed. The best way is to approve a bond issue. Doing so would give the state the money now for badly needed projects — the Capitol, the medical examiner's office, the Jim Thorpe building, take your pick — and allow the state to pay it back at affordable rates.
Our sense is that most of Shannon's constituents and his recalcitrant caucus members took out mortgages to pay for their homes, or used loans that they could repay to buy their cars or to repair/renovate their homes. Bond issues are the state's best vehicle to do the same thing with its infrastructure.
Waiting several years before passing one might be more palatable, but it would be no less disappointing.