PENNSYLVANIA: Battle Over Bankruptcy

After being defeated in an earlier try for the governorship of Pennsylvania, Democrat Milton Shapp found a winning issue last fall. He charged the Republicans with being big spenders who had brought the state to the verge of bankruptcy. Elected in a landslide that gave the Democrats control of both houses of the legislature for the first time in 32 years, Shapp set out to put the state in financial order—only to find himself in a worse fix than the Republicans. By last week, Pennsylvania had edged even closer to bankruptcy. Shapp's...

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