Category Archives: Budget

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

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

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

Republicans Using Fiscal Code to Undermine DEP’s Authority to Regulate Oil and Gas Drilling

Late Sunday night, Republicans adopted an amendment to the Fiscal Code that would halt DEP’s process for regulating oil and gas. The amendment hadn’t been proposed or debated previously before randomly showing up on Sunday night, likely at the behest … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Why Don’t Pipeline Builders Have to Pay Property Taxes?

In New Jersey, pipeline builders have to pay property taxes to the towns they build in, but not in Pennsylvania: As Republican legislative leaders and the natural gas industry unite to beat back Gov. Tom Wolf’s severance tax proposal, here’s … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Why a Severance Tax on Natural Gas is Good for the Shale Industry

Chris Briem made a great point about this back in 2014, and I wanted to pull that out again because Mike Turzai is out there saying some pretty unbelievable stuff about the impact of a natural gas severance tax on … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Energy, Environment, Issues

Scott Wagner Doubles Down on Helicopter-Based School Auditing

In response to Wolf Press Secretary Jeff Sheridan’s suggestion that the Republican “get out of the helicopter and go visit a school,” Senator Scott Wagner is now doubling down on his claim that he can tell schools have enough state funding by looking … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Education, Issues