“Lobbyists for the energy industry, spending $60 million to block a tax on oil and gas extraction, making Pennsylvania the only state in the country not to tax drillers.”
Almost four years after taking office and in the midst of his first re-election bid, Gov. Tom Wolf continues to push for a severance tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania, arguing that drillers haven’t paid their fair share while raking in huge sums of cash from the Marcellus Shale boom.
It’s a theme that carried over from his first campaign and through his first years in office, and it’s present in his latest round of campaign advertising.
In a campaign video released March 23 titled “Here they come,” Wolf says oil and gas lobbyists — the “they” in this scenario — “spent $60 million to block a tax on oil and gas extraction…” in Pennsylvania. (The $60 million figure is based on campaign finance data for the period between 2010 and 2017, but MarcellusMoney.org says this total includes lobbying against other regulations and clean energy incentives, not just a severance tax.)
The ad includes an animated clip showing black limousines labeled “LOBBYI$T” pulling up to the Capitol where bank bags of cash are tossed atop the steps.
In the same breath, Wolf says this lobbying blitz has left Pennsylvania “the only state in the country not to tax drillers.”
Is that true?