The state legislature is further proof that the GOP is basically incapable of good governance. The state House, headed by Speaker Mike Turzai (a probable gubernatorial candidate), has taken Pennsylvania to the brink of budgetary Armageddon by refusing to consider new and abundant revenue sources, the most-abundant of which is a severance tax on the state’s booming natural gas industry. The resulting stalemate has left the state no other option than to borrow heavily, and left higher-ed institutions like Penn State, Temple, Lincoln and Pitt facing millions in funding cuts.