The Times-Tribune posts an op-ed by David Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13 who writes, “Basic fairness should be reason enough for lawmakers to come to a consensus and send to Wolf bills raising the wage and taxing shale drillers.”
The Express-Times editorial board urges lawmakers to support Governor Tom Wolf’s call for a shale tax, noting that, “Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state without an extraction tax. Why should its taxpayers subsidize the price of fuel for users elsewhere?”
The Post-Gazette reports, “Gov. Wolf on Tuesday unveiled an election-year budget of nearly $33 billion that would boost funding for public schools, hike the minimum wage, expand the fight against Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis — and slap a new tax on natural gas drillers.” For More Budget News, Visit CLEAR’s FACEBOOK PAGE.
The Patriot-News publishes an op-ed by Kenneth Mash, President of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, who wrtites, “All Pennsylvanians pay a price when a college education is unaffordable to working-class families. We do not have a competitive workforce that will allow us to attract employers, and students with high debt do […]
Pennlive.com posts a CLEAR op-ed calling on lawmakers to tax the shale drillers and raise the minimum wage. “Simple fairness, basic math, and smart policy mandate that lawmakers move, once and for all, to tax the shale drillers and raise the minimum wage. The politics are equally compelling,” writes Steve Catanese, president of SEIU Local 668.