PA Gov. Wolf Creating “Instability” with Demand for Severance Tax

Unstable people tend to create instability wherever they go–it’s just something we’ve noticed. Other people have noticed it too, at the highest levels of Pennsylvania state government. Business groups in PA are pointing a finger at unstable PA Gov. Tom Wolf. His repeated calls, his maniacal mission to force a severance tax on the Marcellus industry on top of the existing impact tax, is causing “instability” in the industry in PA. That is, companies are pulling back, not willing to drill as much, and investors are not willing to invest, because of the uncertainty of whether or not there will be a severance tax. It’s spooking the industry. These business groups, representing hundreds of thousands of PA residents, are calling on Wolf to end his unstable ways and quit calling for a severance tax. Specifically, they say, “He needs to stop it.” Is that blunt enough? Instead, these groups call on Wolf to reign in out-of-control spending. The less you spend, the less you need to rob from hardworking companies–companies providing tens of thousands of jobs and over a billion dollars of tax revenue for the state so far…

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