The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 28, 2014

Worth the money?

— Whenever it appears that our governor has erred to a level heretofore unthought of, he delivers another doozy. As we await hearings on the governor’s proposed budget and still try to imagine what was going through his mind when he estimated a revenue stream more than double last year’s even though revenues are already down for the first half of the fiscal year, word has come down that one of his biggest revenue producing theories is about to crash and burn before take off.

Taverns which were legally able to have games of chance are saying no in resounding fashion. Sen. Jake Corman chairman of the  Appropriations Committee describes it thusly “We’re going to make the Obamacare rollout look robust.”

Three of 2,000 projected taverns have applied so far bringing in a guaranteed revenue of $6,000 for their non-refundable application fee against a budgeted revenue of $156 million.

This shortfall shouldn’t be unexpected under the Corbett administration when we consider his accomplishments thus far. He has shepherded us to a dearth of job creation, in the three full years of his alleged leadership we’ve gone from 12th to 48th in job creation. We are the only state that doesn’t charge an extraction tax for the Marcellus Shale drillers leaving the taxpayers — many of whom do not live in an area being fracked — to pay for road maintenance and repair that the fuel companies should be footing. Tax revenues are down due to the loss of jobs and businesses. Gas prices are 25 to 35 cents a gallon higher than in neighboring states.

The only thing Gov. Corbett has in mind is to privatize the lottery and liquor stores, resulting in thousands more job losses and lost tax revenues just so deep pocket corporate donors can make more money and destroy small businesses across this commonwealth. Considering he is the highest paid governor in the nation we are not getting our money’s worth.

Harry Prentiss,