The leadership of the Pennsylvania Legislature's Republican Party this week said that they'll concentrate on cutting property taxes instead of repealing a controversial pay raise.
It's a big gamble, because the property-tax issue has so far proved tougher than anticipated to resolve.
Under Gov. Ed Rendell's proposal, property taxes that support the state schools were supposed to be trimmed, in exchange for an increase in the state's income tax.
The hitch so far has been the reluctance of many local school boards to agree to a clause that would force them to take property tax increases above a certain amount to referendum.
That leaves lawmakers with some unappetizing alternatives. If they force school boards to go along, they upset community activists and risk being labeled anti-education.