O’Brien welcomes Wolf’s proposed increase for education, call for severance tax on natural gas drilling

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Mike O’Brien, D-Phila., lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal that calls for more funding for education as well as the renewed call for a severance tax on natural gas drilling.

“I’m pleased to see Governor Wolf staying on course with his commitment to increase funding for education. The proposed $120 million more for our schools in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth remains a top priority to reverse the cuts made by the previous administration. This funding also would create a higher investment for pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs and state universities, and career and technical training.

“I also support the governor’s proposal to fund apprenticeship and job training programs. We need to provide our young people with the skills necessary to obtain family-sustaining jobs and allow older people to return to the workforce if they desire,” O’Brien said.

“I stand with Governor Wolf on his repeated push to get Pennsylvania in line with other natural-gas states on a severance tax on drilling. It’s high time the commonwealth enacts this commonsense tax to help us meet our needs such as balancing our budget. It’s ridiculous to see neighboring Ohio and West Virginia with such a tax, yet here we are letting companies work without paying their fair share of taxes here,” he said.