I like Rob Teplitz, but some of these government reform ideas are really bad, in particular a Constitutional Convention.
The main change I want to make to the PA Constitution is legalizing a progressive rate structure for the income tax. How progressive or regressive the income tax is should be a political choice, not something that’s written into the long-term rules of state government. I would also like to see a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing marriage equality.
But is there anything else liberals want to change about the PA Constitution?
Nothing else really comes to mind, and I think those two changes could eventually get passed through the normal, admittedly arduous, process of amending the Constitution if we start laying the groundwork soon - passing the amendments in two consecutive legislative sessions, and then winning a ballot referendum.
What I’m afraid of is that if you open up the whole Constitution for a rewrite, right-wing politicians would get their way on a lot of bad ideas that would make the Constitution worse than it is now - term limits for legislators, more ballot initiatives and referenda, supermajority requirements for tax increases, TABOR and other ugly stuff that would turn PA into an ungovernable mess like California.
What do you guys think? Any bad stuff in the current Constitution that I’m missing? Anything new you’d like to see in there?