ROUNDUP: Wagner Caught On Tape Telling Crowd How He Killed Shale Tax To Hurt Governor Wolf’s Re-election

Scott Wagner was caught on tape telling a room of Tea Partiers that he conspired with House Republican Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor to kill the shale tax in order to hurt Governor Wolf’s re-election.

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Allentown Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s gas drilling severance tax budget idea enters governor’s race

Wagner’s Sept. 14 comments were recorded by a state Democratic Party tracker who tails him on the campaign trail. Here’s part of what the audio picked up: “I went to school with Stan Saylor,” Wagner said. “And I told Stan at a meeting three weeks ago, he was sitting like fifteen feet away from me, I said ‘Stan you cannot let this severance tax get through … because if that happens the governor is going to get reelected. Stan, you take that to the bank.’”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Signs of a deal nearing on Pennsylvania’s budget

Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, supports a severance tax and made it a key platform in his campaign. He is up for reelection next year and his stance on a new drilling tax is bound to be a talking point for his opponents. 

One of his potential opponents, Sen. Scott Wagner, R.-York earlier this month told a conservative group in York that he urged a key House Republican to block the tax.

The reason: “Because if that happens, the governor is going to get reelected.”

York Daily Record: Wagner, Saylor oppose gas drilling tax to spike Wolf reelection: report

Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, told a gathering of York County residents he wanted Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, to oppose a proposal on a gas drilling tax. He believes such a proposal would increase Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s chances at winning re-election to a second term.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pa. Dems cry foul over Republican Scott Wagner’s comments on natural gas tax

The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown reported Saturday that Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, told a gathering of York County residents last month that he urged Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, to fight a gas drilling tax proposal because it could help Democrat Wolf win a second term.