Like a student rushing to complete a homework assignment on time, Pennsylvania lawmakers scurried last weekend to pass a $28.4 billion budget that reached Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk three hours before the midnight Sunday deadline.

But even though a majority of legislators from both branches are Republican, as is Corbett, the governor’s “big three” major policy initiatives of the session – transportation funding, liquor privatization and public pension overhaul, all with major financial repercussions – remained stalled.

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