Author Archives: Jon Geeting

PA Dems so far hanging tough with Wolf against GOP veto override

(Hangin’ tough, in a funky way) To override Tom Wolf’s veto of the fifth Tom Corbett budget Republicans have presented to him, Republicans need to get two-thirds of lawmakers in both houses to vote for that. That means they need to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

Suburban Republicans Ready to Vote for Severance Tax Whenever Tea Tantrum is Over

Looks like the Wolf PAC’s ads are working: Several local Republican lawmakers also said a tax is on the table at the press conference. “I’ve never been against a reasonable severance tax,” said Rep. Kate Harper. “I don’t think my … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

As Wolf Gears Up For Environmental Regulatory Push, a Reminder to Focus on Methane

With the release of Tom Wolf’s regulatory agenda for the year last Friday, it’s a great time to refocus on the need to take a hard line on methane leakage. Why is this so important? Attitudes toward fracking in Pennsylvania … More after the jump

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How Soon Will GOP Abandon “Majority of the Majority” Tactic in PA Budget Standoff?

Marc Levy has the most important read of the PA budget season, on the Republicans’ “majority of the majority” tactic that’s preventing a budget from getting passed. Simply put, the “majority-of-the-majority” rule means legislation cannot get a floor vote unless … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

Voluntary Environmental Standards Don’t Work

Officially, natural gas drillers are already complying with the EPA’s plan banning frack water from being sent to municipal water treatment plants, which aren’t equipped to clean those kinds of toins. But they still don’t want those regulations to become … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues

Scarnati Knows a Severance Tax Would Pass If Brought Up for a Vote

Scarnati said he opposes a severance tax. But he declined to rule it out. There’s “some level of support” in all four caucuses of both parties in House and Senate for a severance tax, he said. But there’s “not majority … More after the jump

Posted in Miscellany

Republican End-Run Around DEP Drilling Regs Probably Doomed

Despite Tom Wolf’s veto the first time around, legislative Republicans are vowing to try once again to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drillers out of the official process for creating new Marcellus Shale drilling regulations, reports … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Wolf Vetoes Republicans’ End-Run Around DEP Drilling Regulations

Along with the Republican proposals for alcohol reform and pensions, Tom Wolf also vetoed the Republicans’ plan to use the Fiscal Code to carve conventional oil and gas drilling out of DEP’s ongoing Marcellus Shale rule-writing. If Republicans want different … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Why Can’t All Wawa’s Sell Beer?

One Wawa in Pennsylvania will soon sell beer, in Chadd’s Ford. Acme, Whole Foods and Wegmans already have approval to sell beer in the area. A decision is expected on July 21. Wawa doesn’t sell beer in Pennsylvania, but does … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Issues

Republicans Not Backing Off on Undoing Environmental Policy Through the Fiscal Code

Despite Tom Wolf’s veto, House and Senate Republicans aren’t backing off trying to undo the Department of Environmental Protection’s drilling regulations by amending the fiscal code – an abuse of the process that requires no committee hearings or public outreach, unlike the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues