Category Archives: Budget

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

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

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

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#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

#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

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

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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

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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