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Shale Tax to Fund Schools

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Sen. Hughes Stand on Capitol Steps Urging a Shale Tax to Fund Schools

54 Percent of Pennsylvanians Blame GOP for Budget Stalemate


Good news: A new poll from Franklin & Marshall College shows that voters are overwhelmingly siding with Governor Tom Wolf and Senate Democrats about the need to pass a responsible state budget. Hopefully, this poll will light a fire under legislative Republicans to come back to the table and negotiate a fair budget for the people of Pennsylvania.

It’s clear that we have an education funding crisis in Pennsylvania and the only reasonable solution is to tax natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. We know that Pennsylvania is the only major resource producing state that doesn’t have a shale tax. We also know that per pupil spending has dropped dramatically in Philadelphia’s public schools, creating a poor environment for our children. These facts create a clear need to support Governor Wolf’s budget priorities.

Please take a moment to share this e-mail with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can send a message to the Republicans in Harrisburg that it’s time to pass a responsible state budget now.

Please also share the hashtag: #TaxShaleFundSchools on facebook and twitter to spread the message.


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State Government Taxation Sources in 2014

Poll: Voters blame GOP, Not Wolf for Budget Stalemate

By William Bender| August 27, 2015

Voters are siding with Democratic Gov. Wolf over the Republican-controlled Legislature in the ongoing state budget standoff in Harrisburg, according to a new Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll released today.

The poll, conducted between Aug. 17 and 23, found that 54 percent of voters hold the General Assembly responsible for the lack of a budget, while 29 percent hold Wolf responsible. The budget was due eight weeks ago.

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Franklin and Marshall Poll Franklin & Marshall College Poll - Survey of Pennsylvanians

August 27, 2015

Key Findings

The August 2015 Franklin & Marshall College Poll of Pennsylvania registered voters shows more registered voters hold the state legislature (54%) than the governor (29%) responsible for the state’s late budget. The poll also finds that less than half (46%) of registered voters believe Attorney General Kathleen Kane should resign because of the criminal charges filed against her. Despite the late state budget, Governor Wolf’s job performance ratings have remained mostly unchanged since June--two in five (39%) registered voters believe he is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as governor. Senator Toomey’s positive job performance ratings have improved since our June Poll, rising from 34% to 40% “excellent” or “good.” Senator Toomey leads both Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak in the 2016 race for US Senate, although many voters remain undecided about the race.

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4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
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Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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