Overall it was a good week for Governor Tom Corbett. After several attempts the state legislature finally passed the transportation bill providing him a much needed victory. Just hours later, however, the Governor is already hearing from his base about their dissatisfaction with the spending included in this piece of legislation.
The Independence Hall Tea Party Association condemned the legislation because it increases the state’s gas tax.
“Governor Tom Corbett, obviously, twisted the arms of Republican State Representatives in order pass this disastrous piece of legislation,” Association President Teri Adams stated. “Instead of cutting funds from other areas of the budget to pay for needed bridge and road repairs around the state, the Governor and his minions decided to sock it to the taxpayers.”
The organization threatened to buy gas in Pennsylvania’s neighboring states in order to avoid the new taxes.
The Governor was also criticized by the national conservative group American Future Fund Political Action who announced a multimedia ad campaign that would associate passage of the transportation bill and the failure of liquor privatization to Obamacare.
The ad campaign will target both conservative and mainstream radio stations and websites.
“Our message is simple: Pennsylvanians are fed up with their elected officials abandoning the free market and supporting policies to increase the size of government,” said AFF Political Action Chairman Nick Ryan. “From the failed Obamacare Medicaid expansion, to the gas tax just this week, and continued government control of the state’s liquor industry, Pennsylvania has slowly become a state that is only an enabler to the liberal national agenda.”
Backlash came in the opposite direction as well. Yesterday State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe was attacked in robo calls to his district that accused him of “phony conservatism.” The calls directed recipients to the website therealdarylmetcalfe.com, that seeks to undermine his status as a conservative leader. It is unclear at this point, who is behind these robocalls.