Category Archives: Issues

A Severance Tax is Just the Beginning

The push for a severance tax on natural gas production has all the attention right now because it’s a major piece of the budget negotiations, but the past week has also sent us several reminders that there is much more work to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

EPA’s Proposed Methane Rules Underscore the Need for State Action

Big news in the natural gas world yesterday as the EPA released their methane reduction proposals under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The proposed federal rules aim to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to … More after the jump

Posted in Energy, Environment, Issues

Ed Rendell’s Been Reading His Keystone Politics

Sounds familiar: Did you see the movie Field of Dreams? Remember those messages Kevin Costner got? I’ve been texting him messages from that movie. “Stay the course.” “Go the distance.” “If you hold, they will fold” — my version of … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

Replay: *Racial Conservative* John Morganelli Slams “Illegal Aliens”

Rerunning this as the John Morganelli for AG trial balloon has unfortunately surfaced once again, and must be popped as quickly as possible. Whether you like it or not, there are about 12 million people living in this country without … More after the jump

Posted in Civil Rights, Elections, Issues

Tom Wolf is Winning the #PABudget Fight the Ed Rendell Way

Mark Dent’s attempt at grading Tom Wolf’s budget performance thus far contains a useful error I see a lot of journalists making, which is worth flagging because it’s really the lodestar of bad budget reporting. The trouble starts with reporters’ … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

Why Wolf Must Veto a Short-Term Budget

A three-month budget should be a non-starter for Tom Wolf, and he should immediately make clear that he’ll veto anything less than a full fiscal year’s worth of funding. What the Republicans want to do here is essentially extend the … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Issues

#PA161: Leanne Krueger-Braneky Win Takes Veto Override Off the Table

Former Sustainable Business Network executive director Leanne Krueger-Braneky’s impressive victory over Paul Mullen last night on Republican turf in the 161st District special election sends a clear signal that Delaware County voters are unhappy with their Republican state representatives’ behavior … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Issues, State House

Elections Have Consequences: Tom Wolf Supports Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Tom Wolf’s reaction to the Obama White House’s Clean Power Plan, which would regulate emissions from existing energy producers for the first time, is a perfect example of why it’s so important for Democrats to vote every single November, not … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Elections, Energy, Environment, Governor, Issues

#PASen: NRSC Slams Joe Sestak for Transportation Funding Idea Supported by Republican Bill Shuster

The NRSC is running some billboard ads against Joe Sestak, over his stated support in his book for a vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) fee to replace the gas tax. Reasonable people can debate whether it makes more sense to switch to … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Elections, Issues, Transportation, US Senate

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