Taxing the Marcellus Shale drillers was a part of the platform that Gov. Tom Wolf ran on against former Gov. Tom Corbett.
Wolf won, and Corbett, a big protector of the Marcellus Shale industry and their profits, lost.
Interestingly, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, is now saying he and the rest of the Republicans in the state Senate will not vote on the budget, which includes taxing the Marcellus Shale industry.
Taxing the shale benefits all residents of Pennsylvania.
Corman will not act on a budget unless Wolf agrees to his plan, hastily put into place and passed by the Republican majority in the Senate, related to state pensions.
This plan would dismantle and defund pension plans that state workers have paid into their entire working life. So Corman is for protecting the profits of the shale industry, but against protecting the retirement agreements the state entered into with state employees.
I wonder if Corman’s re-election fate will be the same as Corbett’s. If working people are paying attention, it should be.