Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP
Incoherent government is creating an energy dilemma everywhere we look; New York, Pennsylvania and internationally. Happily, shale succeeds in spite of it.
Over 110 days after the legally-mandated “deadline” for approving a new State budget, the pressure is building on Pennsylvania’s legislature and Governor finally to get serious and stop the gamesmanship. Schools, foster care facilities and many other state agencies and programs are running out of money. Many are seeking short-term loans to get by, but others are not easily financeable.
Meanwhile, Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-dominated legislature continue to play chicken over the mineral extraction tax issue. While the proposed extraction tax is not the only contentious issue (privatization of state liquor stores and pension reform being among the others), the tax has been the public focal point. As so often happens, each sides’ absolutist position likely will wilt as more state institutions, teachers, contractors and others don’t get paid. Sadly, real discussion on the issues could have been handled months ago. Unfortunately, a neophyte Governor and a recalcitrant legislature have shown little ability to work for the betterment of the State. Let’s hope that changes as the winter approaches.