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Pennyslvania Governor Tom Corbett said he would never impose a gas extraction tax on fracking companies. He also promised he would not increase state income tax. Odds makers are placing their bets on a gas tax to fill the state’s $1.4 billion budget gap. More after John Cole’s contribution to EarthDesk Sunday:

Corbett and gas tax by John Cole. Via Cagle Cartoons. Used with permission.

Corbett and gas tax by John Cole. Via Cagle Cartoons. Used with permission.

From The Times Tribune’s TribLive:

After years of opposition, the Corbett administration said for the first time on Tuesday that the governor will not preclude a Marcellus shale tax as part of a budget solution to close a $1.4 billion deficit.

…“Pennsylvania voters across the political spectrum reject new energy taxes in favor of jobs and economic growth,” said Marcellus Shale Coalition President Dave Spigelmyer. “Uncompetitive, short-sighted new energy taxes on one of our most promising industries will lead to fewer jobs, lower energy production and less tax revenues.” Read more. . .

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COLE-CARICATURE-600px-rgbBorn in Rochester, NY, and raised in Lexington, Ky., John Cole’s interest in cartooning took root in the pages of his junior high newspaper. He earned his BA in journalism from Washington and Lee University. He joined the editorial department of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in April, 2005, drawing five to seven full-color cartoons weekly. His cartoons are syndicated worldwide by Cagle Cartoons. John, his wife Kate, daughter Caroline, son Woodson and live in Waverly, Pennsylvania with their cat, Zeus.

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