Dems Believe Fracking Tax a Winning Issue Against Corbett

National Journal: “There’s a reason all the candidates are talking about it.”

National Journal today takes readers “inside the Democrats’ plan to oust Pennsylvania’s governor,” and it seems they believe they’ve found one of those rare cases where they can openly argue for higher taxes and win:

Every Democrat in the crowded primary race want energy companies to pay a new tax on their natural-gas production. The proceeds from the proposed “severance” tax on the value of gas produced would help fund education, infrastructure, and other needs.

Many other energy-producing states have such a policy, and Democrats argue that by refusing to push for one in Pennsylvania, the governor is giving energy companies a break at the expense of other critical needs.

The party thinks it’s a winning line of attack. “I’ve seen a lot of internal polling. There’s a reason that all the candidates are talking about it,” said Dan Fee, a Democratic consultant who is not affiliated with any candidates.

The tax battle is playing a prominent role in the effort to unseat the vulnerable Tom Corbett, who as of February held a 36 percent approval rating and trailed his Democratic rivals in a Quinnipiac University poll.

Fracking on its own won’t get the attention of voters, polling shows, but National Journal points out the same polls get hotwhen caididates connect a fracking tax to funding education: 32 percent of Pennsylvania voters say education funding is a top priority in the race.

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  • AnyOldHead

    It’s a disappointing day when dems run on this issue with no stated platform about how to address the vast number of people not affected by fracking. I asked Rob McCord about this 3 weeks ago & no one from his campaign got back to me, not even with a form “thank you for your comment”. He lost my vote, but who else is among the democratic candidates?

    • FactcheckGuy

      Not surprised about the lack of response from McCord. He has been pretty busy lately trying to spin being caught with misleading statements about his upbringing. Far from the “raised by a single-mom, too poor to eat meat” tale he tried to push out to voters, McCord had a loving stepdad in his life for at least half his childhood and was raised in the affluent Main Line (Lower Merion) area. It appears he is more a candidate in search of a winning sound-bite than a serious candidate who has any real conviction about ideas to help PA.

      • AnyOldHead

        Exactly. The more I read about him, the sorrier I am for my early, tentative support. Instead of answering my questions, his campaign clogged my inbox with invites to fundraisers at least $500/head.

        I’m looking at Schwartz & Tom Wolf now, but find Schwartz’s ads to be a contrived show of a woman talking too gently & maternally, especially when she lowers her voice emotionally. I’m female, but this won’t get my vote either.

  • matthew brandley

    Instead of passing the cost of mass transit and infrastucture improvements onto all the state people who drive Mr Govenor and state legislators maybe the natural gas tax would have been a better route? I have yet to meet a politician who has yet to have any common sense though