Pennsylvania Governor Continues Fight for Severance Tax

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf vowed that he will continue his fight for the passage of a severance tax legislation.

Gov. Wolf expressed his commitment on the issue during his remarks at the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday. He called severance tax a “common sense measure.

In his speech, the governor condemned the Republican-controlled House for refusing to vote on severance tax. He called the inaction an example of “Harrisburg dysfunction.”

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According to Gov. Wolf, “Last week, the House Republican leadership could have called up a vote on this tax on big oil and gas companies, but neglected to do so. It’s well past time to pass a tax on shale. And we saw just that in the past few months after the repeated failure of the Republican House to finalize a budget deal and their refusal to pass a severance tax.”

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Additionally, the governor noted that Pennsylvania is the only major gas-producing state in the U.S. without a severance tax.