Voters will decide on four statewide ballot questions, including three changes to Pa's Constitution, on May 18. You can see the ballot questions and a "plain English statement" at the state elections webpage. All voters, including independents, can vote on these questions. I believe you should vote YES to them all.
Two of the questions are noncontroversial. One enshrines protections against racial and ethnic discrimination. Another makes it easier for volunteer fire and EMS companies to apply for loans through state-run programs. Neither of these has any opposition.
Two questions limiting the Governor's emergency powers are controversial. One would give the state legislature the power to terminate, by simple majority, a Governor's disaster declaration The other would limit an emergency to 21 days, unless the legislature agrees to extend it.
These latter two limitations on Executive power are opposed by the Governor, unsurprisingly, and most Democrats. This opposition is a mistake.
For too long, and at all levels of government, legislatures have been far too complacent in the exercise of executive authority. But this country was founded on a disdain for a monarchy.
The framers of the US Constitution believed that concentration of power in one branch of government poses an "extraordinary threat to individual liberty." James Madison, in Federalist No. 47, states, "The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
Thomas Jefferson warned that "concentrating [all the powers of government] in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government."
This is what we experienced last year. It makes no difference that this concentration of power was supposedly for our own good. Had Governor Wolf reached out to the legislature, as he should have, his bitter pills would have been easier to swallow.