Posts by jan jarrett

Veto override – 7 reasons Republicans should be careful of what they wish for

Yesterday, Representative Turzai, Speaker of the House, said that Republicans may attempt to override Governor Wolf’s veto of the budget they passed in June. That budget raises no new revenue, does not increase school funding, does not provide any reduction in property taxes, and generates budget deficits in future years.

What would happen if the Republicans override Governor Wolf’s veto of their budget? Here are  seven likely outcomes.

Unconventional Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates

A new study by the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University finds that people living near active gas drilling go to the hospital more frequently than people who do not live near active gas drilling. These sobering findings coming from an article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal should prompt a hard review of existing gas drilling regulations.

Fifth of Top Five Facts About Drilling and Taxes in PA

Gov. Wolf has proposed a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania to provide funding for public schools. Lawmakers in both parties have introduced severance tax bills every year since 2009, and every year the gas drillers have successfully fought the tax, spending $46.8 million on lobbying since 2007.  Much of the industry’s lobbying money has gone into manufacturing a narrative, built on a foundation of myths, about the economic benefits of drilling and the fragility of the industry.

Third of Top Five Facts About Drilling and Taxes in PA

Gov. Wolf has proposed a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania to provide funding for public schools. Lawmakers in both parties have introduced severance tax bills every year since 2009, and every year the gas drillers have successfully fought the tax, spending $46.8 million on lobbying since 2007.  Much of the industry’s lobbying money has gone into manufacturing a narrative, built on a foundation of myths, about the economic benefits of drilling and the fragility of the industry.