Wolf Delivers Election Year Budget Proposal
Throughout his speech Wolf talked about successes during his time in office and touted his work with the legislature.
“Now, it has always been, and will always be, my preference to work with the legislature. When we’ve found ways to do that, we’ve been able to get a lot done for the people of Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.
Wolf continued his push from his first campaign, a severance tax on natural gas.
“I’m going to keep doing whatever I can to reduce costs and streamline government. But we can do so much more to improve our fiscal future if we work together. And that brings us to the severance tax,” Wolf said.
Wolf put the blame on a severance tax not passing yet on the oil and gas industry, saying “the oil and gas industry, they’re powerful.”
“So, today, I’m not just asking you, but challenging you, to do the right thing and pass a severance tax this year – so we can keep making the investments that will grow our economy, keep making progress on the issues Pennsylvanians care about, and keep writing the proud story of a brighter future for our Commonwealth.”
Wolf’s speech gives some insight to the key issues he will continue to push during the campaign along with the severance tax.
Wolf touted that he “reversed the billion dollars in cuts that were made under the previous administration,” that he economy is growing and “gained nearly 180,000 jobs” since he took office, and “gotten rid of burdensome taxes like the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, cut red tape that made it harder to build a small business, and streamlined” the government.