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 writes, “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.
A York Dispatch editorial says that natural gas drillers will benefit from the PA State Budget, while others make up for the expected $2.2 billion shortfall.