Tom McGarrigle has been down this road before. Just ask former Gov. Tom Corbett. in crafting the funding package that squeaked past the Senate in a 26-24 razor thin margin. It includes the state's first severance tax on natural gas drilling. It's still not what McGarrigle would like, but it's what he will have to settle for. "I wanted 4 percent," McGarrigle told me shortly after the measure passed the Senate Thursday morning. "But there was no way we were going to get it." What he got was 2 percent of the gross value of the natural gas at the wellhead. It's expected to raise $100 million. That's a lot less than what would have been raised under Gov. Tom Wolf's initial proposals in his first two years, 6.5 percent and then 5 percent the next year. Both proposals were dead on arrival in the GOP-dominated Legislature. The package passed by the Senate will cost just about everyone, with hikes for gas heat as well as electric customers, cell and phone bills, and extending the sales tax to some online purchases. The bulk of the money will come from borrowing as much as $!.3 billion from the tobacco settlement fund. McGarrigle said he was "happy" because the plan is a start. "When I sought this Senate seat, I pledged to make securing a severance tax on gas drilling a top priority," McGarrigle said. "It is a responsible way to generate desperately needde revenue for schools and other Commonwealth obligations." Now it goes to the House. But McGarrigle has held up his end of the deal.