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Friday, February 13, 2015

Headline Harrisburg By Rep. Matt Gabler

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Headline Harrisburg
Friday, February 13, 2015
The latest news from the State Capitol 

The Wolf Proposal

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his proposal to impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, which he says will generate $1 billion in new revenue.

Residents of Clearfield and Elk counties know how our area has greatly benefitted from the impact fee that was implemented under Act 13. I am strongly opposed to eliminating that fee and diverting the funds away from local communities, which is a major cause for concern with the governor's proposal.

Additionally, the Wolf severance tax plan includes one of the nation's highest rates. I believe this would have a negative impact on local jobs and the economy of rural northern Pennsylvania - especially when we consider Pennsylvania already has some of the country's highest business taxes. I hope to have the opportunity to educate the new administration on our local economy so the needs of all Pennsylvanians may be more positively addressed through the upcoming budget process.

Property Tax Relief

On Tuesday, I joined my House Finance Committee colleagues in passing House Bill 147. This legislation would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of the homestead property receiving the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion. The current rate of exclusion is 50 percent.

The bill may now be considered by the full House.

Also....if you have never applied for the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion, you need to do so by March 1 to be eligible for tax year 2014 property tax relief. The form is available on my website,, under “Property Tax Relief” on the left navigation bar.

Attention Snowmobilers

A section of the Allegheny National Forest’s Snowmobile Connector Trail No. 12 is closed due to completion of a trail construction project. The section of the trail is located on Forest Service Road (FSR) 226 between FSR 521 to FSR 131 on the Marienville Ranger District.

The project began on Monday, Jan. 26 and should be completed by the last week of this month, weather permitting. The trail, however, will remain unusable until sufficient snow falls to rebuild the base. 

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