Come to think of it ... no, Pennsylvania legislators convicted of abusing the public's trust don't deserve to have their portraits hanging in the Capitol building.

Someone probably should remove them one of these days, when time permits.

Still, we're surprised that was our new — and, for now, temporary — state senator's first order of business in Harrisburg.

State Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, this week introduced his inaugural legislation — a resolution calling for an end to the hanging of portraits in the Capitol that honor former legislative leaders who have been convicted of felonies related to abuse of their public offices.

Wagner – who rocked the mainstream GOP with a write-in special election win in March — campaigned as a government reformer, so, yes, this is consistent.

However, we kind of expected something with more texture and less symbolism.

After all, there isn't much time for Wagner, who's serving the few months remaining in retired state Sen. Mike Waugh's term.

If he really wants to change the way things work in the Legislature, he should be swinging for the fences while he can.

Instead, it looks like Wagner's taking a walk.

No one can argue with the portrait resolution, but even if it's successful so what?

How does that change the way things are done in Harrisburg?


OK, realistically, it's not likely Wagner will accomplish much of substance this year.

But if symbolic gestures are all he can muster — for now — why not go big?

Wagner does, after all, want the job for a full, four-year term, and he'll be facing the voters in the May primary. Why not use this time to clearly stake the positions he'd champion if elected?

The senator could author or co-sponsor legislation to impose term limits on lawmakers; shrink the size of the Legislature; do away with automatic, no-vote cost-of-living increases; reform the school funding formula; or legalize medical marijuana

The list of meaningful legislation goes on.

And that's what makes up the big picture.