PA Budget Progress – But Wolf Still Insists on Severance Tax

out outLast year Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thought he could win in a game of “chicken” with Republican majorities in both the PA House and Senate. Wolf tried to ram down their throats a number of tax increases–including a raise in the personal income tax, sales tax, cigarette tax, severance tax–just about any tax you can think of. Wolf lost. The budget was a disaster because he wouldn’t negotiate, wouldn’t compromise, wouldn’t do anything. He was banking on a liberal media to come to his support. In the end, even the media abandoned him as a hardheaded putz. This year Wolf is singing a different tune. He’s not demanding higher taxes and enormously bloated spending increases across the board. However, Wolf is still obstinately insisting on a Marcellus Shale severance tax–even though the industry is on the ropes and in survival mode. Just when we thought he was wising up…

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