Like crabgrass in your lawn or the flock of crows in the apple tree in your back yard, bad ideas have a way of coming back, year after year. So it is with that hardy perennial, the proposal to sell Pennsylvania's state liquor store system. The measure of how bad this idea is, is what proponents want to do with the proceeds, which could be as much as $1 billion for the 659 stores.
Gov. Tom Ridge would like to pay part of the cost of building a couple of professional sports stadiums and other so-called community facilities that would "economically enhance" the neighborhoods where they're located. And what happens when the stadiums begin to age and another generation of owners begins to get itchy feet? The governor hasn't addressed that one yet.
State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf at least has a loftier goal. He wants to pump the cash into the state's education budget. Would this be for capital construction, the operating budget or both? No word on that from Sen. Greenleaf.