Todd Stephens

Pennsylvania's ugly budget fight runs into Amazon courtship

Mass transit system? Check. Big population center? Check. Top-notch universities? Check. Predictable state government with a top-notch credit rating?

Pennsylvania business boosters and economic development professionals couldn't help noticing this week that state government got slapped with another credit downgrade amid an ugly budget stalemate just as officials in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions are polishing their resumes to try to land the golden goose: Amazon's second headquarters.

Perhaps Amazon doesn't care that Pennsylvania state government is prone to unpredictable fights over an entrenched post-recession deficit, as long as the right taxpayer-paid...

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