It hasn't gone unnoticed to Pennsylvanians that the natural-gas industry is drilling the Marcellus Shale without paying taxes, while Gov. Corbett has been drilling into education and Medicaid.
According to a Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll, Pennsylvanians strongly oppose Corbett's education and Medicaid cuts. Meanwhile, they favor taxing the natural-gas industry, and smokeless tobacco and cigars, and selling the state-owned liquor stores to private companies.
Corbett proposed slicing $1 billion from education spending in his first budget address this month without even considering taxing the natural-gas industry, seemingly without care about the negative response that would follow.
An overwhelming 78 percent of Pennsylvanians surveyed oppose that reduction of state funding to local school districts, while 67 percent oppose cutting state funding in half for the state's public universities. Seventy percent of Pennsylvanians oppose cuts to Medicaid.