After Republicans in the Pennsylvania House decided last week they wouldn't vote on a bill to cut school property taxes - despite the House leadership's approval - the prospect of resolving this issue any time soon went up in smoke.
And, just as is the case when the smoke clears from a house fire, something worse became visible. Some in the House now want to cut school property taxes by increasing the state sales tax.
No, they're not kidding, but the GOP-controlled Pennsylvania Senate is not likely to go along. We urge all concerned not to go back to the beginning on this issue, because as property values continue to increase faster than wages, Pennsylvania residents need relief, not more rhetoric.
Shortly after he took office, Gov. Ed Rendell proposed cutting the amount of school property taxes paid by increasing the state's income tax from 2.8 percent to 3.75 percent.