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As lawmakers leave for holiday, fate of severance tax unclear

(Harrisburg) — Debate may have begun in the state House on a natural gas severance tax — but it remains to be seen if that will actually result in a final vote. Lawmakers left the question wide open before breaking for Thanksgiving. There are nearly 400 amendments filed to the tax proposal–and members still haven’t […]

House begins debating natural gas severance tax

(Harrisburg) — House lawmakers have begun moving a natural gas severance tax through their chamber. It’s major priority for Democrats, who have been trying unsuccessfully to pass one for a decade. But it’s slow going–the bill is saddled with well over 300 amendments. Along with Democrats, the tax is championed by a coalition of moderate, […]

House assigns blame as budget talks crash; Wolf draws “line in the sand”

The latest push to finish Pennsylvania’s late, unbalanced budget has melted down. After several false starts, talks between House Democrats and Republicans dissolved into fights Wednesday over who’s at fault for the chamber’s inability to find consensus on a tax package. Meanwhile Governor Tom Wolf declared himself “done” playing games, and unexpectedly announced he’ll balance […]

Controversy over Wagner’s severance tax remarks

A state senator running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination next year has been urging fellow Republicans not to support a natural gas severance tax–in part because he thinks it would help Democratic Governor Tom Wolf politically. Senator Scott Wagner’s remarks on the subject were recorded secretly by a campaign tracker. They don’t constitute an ethics […]

Gas severance tax won’t have big impact in Pennsylvania, says researcher

A natural gas severance tax has been a hot-button issue in Harrisburg for nearly a decade, but the plan recently approved by the state Senate is unlikely to have a major impact–  either in terms of government revenue, or drilling company investment decisions, according to a researcher from the nonpartisan environmental economic think tank, Resources for […]

Business groups slam energy tax proposal

A coalition of Pennsylvania business groups is pushing back against legislation that would raise energy taxes. A bill approved last month by the Republican-controlled state Senate imposes a new severance tax on natural gas production, and a new gross receipts tax on natural gas consumers.  On Tuesday a coalition of seven business and energy trade […]

After years of debate, severance tax saga continues

Pennsylvania remains the only major gas-producing state in the country without a severance tax. This fact has been a major sticking point in Harrisburg– for a really long time. Now state lawmakers are once again looking to place new taxes on natural gas drillers. A gas severance tax the Senate approved this week is expected to bring […]

Wolf renews call for natural gas tax

Governor Tom Wolf is renewing his call for a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. It was among his central campaign pledges three years ago, but so far he’s been unsuccessful getting it through the Republican-led legislature. In his annual budget address Tuesday, Wolf didn’t mention the tax at all– instead focusing on efforts […]

A new year, a new round of gas severance tax proposals

State lawmakers are back in Harrisburg this week, and not surprisingly, they’re looking at levying new taxes on Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported, this tax has been debated for years, as lawmakers of both political parties have looked to the gas industry to help alleviate the state’s fiscal woes. This […]

Wolf hoping third time’s the charm on severance tax

After failing to pass a natural gas severance tax for the last two years, Governor Tom Wolf is hoping this year, the legislature will get on board with his proposal. Following an event at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia Tuesday evening, Wolf said he plans to ask for a tax on Marcellus Shale […]

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