Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP
There seems to be no end to the demonstrations of government incompetence that keep threatening the natural gas benefits to the economy and the environment.
Despite reports Pennsylvania politicians had reached a budget agreement, Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled State Legislature failed to ink the deal. Both sides promised they would finish by Thanksgiving, only five months late. They did not. The Governor’s insistence on a state mineral extraction tax, once the centerpiece of any agreement, seems to have been beaten back, but don’t bet on it. Many Democratic lawmakers have great difficulty agreeing on increasing that state sales tax, to be paid by all, while they fail to enact a promised mineral extraction tax.