Amazingly, some common sense emerged from Harrisburg today. The bad news is that it didn't come from Gov. Corbett, who'll be announcing his let-them-eat-cake-budget to the peasants of Pennsylvania at 11:30 a.m. It comes from Tim Briggs, outgunned Democratic state lawmaker from Montgomery County:
Even if we had the highest severance tax in the U.S., the companies would still drill and make billions. A tax wouldn't chase business away; it would protect local taxpayers from having to pay for the damage drillers cause to roads and drinking water.
Unlike the greedy gas-drillers, unions are willing to do the right thing and negotiate to help the state stay solvent and provide needed programs for the middle class. A fight to demonize hardworking state employees and our public-school teachers by stripping their rights away may soon jump from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania.