Former Gov. Tom Ridge Predicts PA Will Get Severance Tax

Although we have a run-down on the news coming from the Shale Insight conference in today’s lineup (see Shale Insight News – Roundup of Who Said What), there is one bit of news that to us, towers above the rest. Former PA Gov. Tom Ridge was always a bit squishy back in the day–not truly a conservative. But an OK guy and an able governor. He’s a very important figure in Pennsylvania politics, even today. Ridge was, as you may recall, the very first Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush following the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attack on this country. At yesterday’s closing session, Ridge said he believes Pennsylvania will adopt a severance tax, which is a very bad sign in our opinion…

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