Congeniality can’t erase Wolf’s faulty state budget agenda

We give Gov. Wolf high marks for guts.

He stood his ground last Friday on his state budget views while speaking in Williamsport to the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals.

That’s probably not a group that shares his approach on the state budget, which is to spend more to get out of debt. In fact, there aren’t a lot of groups and certainly no households that operate that way.

Wolf correctly wants to drop Pennsylvania’s 9.99 percent Corporate Net Income Tax. He ought to. It’s the nation’s highest.

But the common ground with the Republican-controlled state Legislature stops there. He has not backed down on plans to raise sales and personal income taxes. His theory that those hikes can be used to replace the school property tax is just as questionable now as it was four months ago. His pension solutions remain inadequate.

His stubbornness on increasing education spending remains a weak argument given how much the state already spends on that. Better use of what the state is spending is the solution there.

And Wolf’s pension solutions are inadequate given the depth of the crisis.

Courage and conviction are nice attributes. But when the ideas behind them are so flawed, compromise is supposed to be the next attribute that comes into play.

Instead of that, we have a governor turning down budget and stopgap measures to fund human services agencies, schools and non-profit organizations.

Congeniality is not enough to make up for that sort of misguided thinking.