Two years ago at the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s annual conference, Lt Gov. Jim Cawley warned Democrats in Harrisburg that one cannot both tax and ban shale-gas development. Unfortunately, the severance tax in Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget could unintentionally do just that.
The Pennsylvania legislature offered Wolf an alternative budget with no severance tax, but he promptly vetoed it. I hope the legislature sticks to its guns.