PA Gov. Wolf Promotes New Budget with (Yes) Severance Tax

Randy Albright

Randy Albright

We just have to shake our heads. Did Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf learn nothing in his first year in office? Does he not see that expanding taxes during the Obama recession is a recipe for disaster? Is cutting spending (for a Democrat like Wolf) congenitally impossible–like cutting off your own arm? Apparently all of the above is true. Even though we have the worst economy nationally (and in PA) in the past eight years, thanks to Obama and his policies; and even though the shale industry is still in free fall because of low prices (victims of our own success); and even though the default budget passed in PA without a huge increase in education spending for this past school year didn’t result in any “harm” being done to little kiddies; PA Gov. Tom Wolf and his budget lackey Randy Albright are once again out there promoting (i.e. demanding) huge tax increases in the budget due in June of this year. Wolf/Albright want to raise the personal income tax in PA, and (once again) take a run at instituting a Marcellus-killing severance tax, even though the state already has the FULL equivalent of a severance tax when you add corporate income taxes with the impact fee they now pay. Words escape us. It’s beyond insanity. Perhaps gross mismanagement and leadership malpractice?…

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