By Michael Sanserino
HARRISBURG — There might not be a lot of allies for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s energy agenda in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. But there is plenty Mr. Wolf can do to impact the energy industry in the Commonwealth without the help of the legislature, according to a panel of politicians and political watchers that met Wednesday in Harrisburg.
“There is a lot within the governor’s authority that he can do early in his administration,” said Andrew Sharp, director of outreach for PennFuture at the organization’s post-election forum at the Civic Club of Harrisburg.
Mr. Wolf can make an impact in Harrisburg through executive appointments and executive actions that do not require a lot of legislative involvement, the panel said. He can achieve energy and environmental goals by picking candidates for his cabinet, signing executive orders, imposing regulations and updating certain state codes.
Though he can be impactful without the legislature, some of his more ambitious goals — such as imposing a severance tax on natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale — could be more difficult to accomplish since they involve working with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate.Read more