Karen Heller, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, hit the nail on the head in her recent article “As A Public Leader, Corbett Isn't Cutting It.” As she noted, when Governor Corbett campaigned he said that he would “fight very hard to fund public education.” Yet in his attempt to balance the budget he proposed a draconian 50 percent cut in higher education spending. These proposed cuts were so extreme that they even spooked his Republican collegues.
Meanwhile, Governor Corbett won’t impose any tax on the oil and gas industry for extracting from the Marcellus Shale. In fact, Pennsylvania is the largest gas-producing state that does not have a gas extraction tax.
Further, as I recently wrote how Governor Corbett successfully abolished joint and several liability earlier this month, true to his campaign pledge. This was not mentioned in Ms. Heller’s article.
These are bitter pills for Pennsylvanians to swallow, particularly when the Governor fails to explain the reasoning for his policy decisions.