Gov. Tom Corbett is going to spend millions of dollars from corporate America, particularly the natural gas industry, over the next four months before the gubernatorial election to falsely try to convince the citizens of this state that he is for them — when, in fact, the only interests he listens to are the ones that walk in with bags full of corporate cash for his campaign fund.
Create a comparable extraction tax on natural gas like every other state in America that has drilling and shut the Delaware corporate tax loophole, and Pennsylvania would generate more than $1 billion in additional annual state tax revenue. Boom, that would solve the so-called state financial crisis and budget deficit that Mr. Corbett has been crying poor about. He won’t do these things, even though the vast majority of the citizens of this state want this done, because this is where he gets many of his campaign contributions.
Tom “Corporate” Corbett has sold out every single individual citizen of this state since the day he took office by protecting his natural gas buddies and continuing to allow large Pennsylvania corporations to just rent a $10 post office box in Delaware and magically be able to say they are headquartered there to avoid paying Pennsylvania taxes. Currently, more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s large corporations pay no state income tax. How many small businesses and individual citizens pay state taxes? I sure do.
At the same time, Mr. Corbett has dramatically decreased state funding for education during his administration, resulting in 20,000 teachers and support staff being laid off, larger classroom sizes and local school taxes being increased in many districts throughout the state.
Way behind in the polls to Tom Wolf, the only play left for Mr. Corbett and his campaign advisers is to make a huge media blitz over the next few months about the state employees’ and teachers’ pension funds to falsely try to convince the voters he’s suddenly concerned about the taxpayers. Mr. Corbett’s true colors and loyalties have clearly shown during his current 42 months as governor. He should not spend his last six months in office falsely trying to repair his image as governor.