A smaller Pa. Senate GOP may be stronger, too

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The path to accomplishing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s top legislative priorities faces the least certain landscape since he took office.

That’s because Senate Republicans have their smallest majority in nearly two decades after losing three open seats to Democrats in the November election.

Still, that smaller majority may give Senate Republicans a stronger hand in driving final compromises.

Now, if just three members of the Senate GOP refuse their support for a bill favored by Corbett or House Republicans, it may become necessary to secure support from Democrats.

And Democrats hope they will benefit as a result.

Corbett’s leading priorities are privatizing the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, overhauling public employee pension systems, producing an on-time budget with business tax cuts and boosting funding for transportation systems.

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