Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pa. Governor, House Speaker lock horns over fracking tax

Pa. Governor Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf emerged from closed-door budget talks Monday saying he was "stunned" by what he called "the continued intransigence" of a top Republican legislator opposed to a new tax on natural-gas drillers, Angela Couloumbis reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Wolf said House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), one of the legislature's most vocal opponents of the severance tax proposal, "would rather do good things for his friends in the oil and gas industry than help find a way to fund schools."


"We are not going to have a good future in Pennsylvania until we figure out how to fund schools," the governor said.
House Speaker Mike Turzai
Wolf said House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny), one of the legislature's most vocal opponents of the severance tax proposal, "would rather do good things for his friends in the oil and gas industry than help find a way to fund schools."
In an interview Monday, Turzai called Wolf's comments - and recent propensity for attacking individual legislators - "petty and childish."

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