State Sen. E. Eugene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, does not see Gov. Tom Corbett budging much from the spending plan he unveiled last week.
The "day of reckoning," as dubbed by the governor, has truly come to the state, he said.
"He presented a balanced budget, the first in eight years," he said.
The spending plan, which cuts spending and introduces no new taxes, already has drawn more than its share of opponents, including many who will feel the pain of less government.
Yaw said while it's true basic education has been slashed about 10 percent, the decrease actually amounts to lost federal stimulus money that many schools depended on in recent years.
He noted he was among lawmakers who made it clear to school districts that that money eventually would go away.
But that didn't stop him from getting a flurry of e-mails in the past week from people telling him that less funding for education would mean trouble for schools.
"If you think a program is really good, you can pay for it locally," he said.
He added that he doubts the governor is going to change his mind.
State-funded colleges and universities stand to lose some 50 percent in funding.
But Yaw noted that Penn State University's own budget of more than $1 billion can probably stand to lose a bit of funding.
Otherwise, he noted that the governor is proposing to eliminate hundreds of state jobs, including those that were never filled.
The state motor license fund, some 75 percent of which is used to support state police, is among funding streams being looked at by lawmakers.
The governor plans on trying to negotiate with the state's unions as a means of cutting some state expenses.
"He has no intention of going the Wisconsin route," he added.
Privatizing the state liquor stores appears to be on the table, according to Yaw.
"The feeling to get rid of liquor stores is the highest it's ever been in Harrisburg," he said.
He quickly added that lawmakers have clearly heard from those who want to maintain the status quo, however.
Yaw also talked about the Marcellus Shale gas industry, which he said, takes up about 80 percent of his duties.
The gas drilling, while a big part of the local and state economy, continues to have its detractors, he noted.
But Yaw said the gas resources will serve as an important means of helping the nation wean itself of foreign oil.
"I still hear from people who think this industry isn't bringing jobs, is a Ponzi scheme. You name it," he said.
He said he continues to oppose a gas severance gas.
He acknowledged that Pennsylvania remains the only state with natural gas reserves not levying such a tax. However, he noted that after introducing the tax, those same states lowered another tax.
A severance tax, he said, would likely end up raising revenue for the state and special interests, rather then for local municipalities where drilling is done and where the money should be directed.
Yaw said he backs proposals to tax drillers based on much gas is produced from wells.
Other legislation he supports includes subjecting gas companies to an occupancy tax when their employees take up lodging in hotels and motels for more than 30 days.
He supports overturning a Megan's law provision whereby sexual offenders who are transients have been exempt from reporting their place of residence. The House voted to overturn the provision earlier this year.