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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Prospects Dim For Natural Gas Severance Tax

Scarnati: Rendell, Senate Republicans 'worlds apart' on gas tax

By Brad Bumsted

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell and Senate Republicans remain "worlds apart" on a natural gas severance tax, and prospects for its approval diminish by the hour, the top GOP senator said today.

"I don't believe we're any closer to a deal," Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County said following a meeting with Rendell at the governor's mansion. The last scheduled day of the Senate's 2009-10 session is Thursday.

Rendell said he is "extremely disappointed" and called some of the technical objections raised by Senate Republicans "a bunch of bull."

But the governor's plan is closer to what the Senate would consider than is a measure the House approved last month, Scarnati said.

The Senate's plan would levy a tax of 1.5 percent for the first three years and 5 percent thereafter. One proposal Rendell offered would impose a tax of 3 percent the first year, 4 percent the second year and 5 percent the third year, Rendell confirmed. More.....

House Majority Leader Todd Eachus, D-Luzerne County, issued a statement following the GOP news conference: "The Senate Republicans have a singular goal — to protect big gas drilling companies at the expense of Pennsylvania taxpayers and landowners, and that stance is simply unacceptable." More...

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Better tax it while we can. It's gonna be shipped to China.