Closing at least 35 state parks and 1,000 miles of state forest roads
$1.7 million from the black fly spraying program
$1.9 million from the West Nile virus program
*$50 million from the DEP budget (affecting flood protection, repair of sewer and water systems, clean up of air pollution)
Absent from the plan is a severance tax on natural gas drilling which would bring revenue to the state- something that most other states have.
For PennFuture to say that it cares about tourism and quality of life for its citizens and still support rampant gas drilling all over the state is disingenuous at best. When will we realize that we really can't have it both ways? Severance tax or not, we are headed for trouble. There won't be anything left to protect after all the wells are drilled and the pipelines laid. It's really not about the budget. It is about hydrofracking gas wells. Read the article here.