MSC Responds to Sec DCED’s Call for High Severance Tax

Last week MDN published a letter to the editor (Philadelphia Inquirer) from Dennis Davin, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), supporting his boss’ desire for a new, very high Marcellus Shale severance tax (see PA DCED Sec. Promotes Wolf’s Marcellus-Killing Severance Tax). As we said at the time, we prefer to think the letter was written by someone in the governor’s office and pushed in front of Davin for his signature. The column smacks of socialistic crap about how the severance tax is PA’s “fair share” of the Marcellus Shale boom. It’s nothing of the sort. The severance tax is a political payback to teachers’ unions for backing Wolf, which Davin surely knows. He and his excellent staff have been tireless promoters of the Shell ethane cracker–we have a favorable opinion of the DCED. MDN friend Dave Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, noticed Davin’s letter too. So Dave wrote his own letter to the editor, to respond…

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