Wolf continues to push shale tax, GOP leaders unmoved

Tony Romeo
May 16, 2019 - 4:00 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf continues to push Restore Pennsylvania, his latest proposal to tax natural gas extraction and one that involves borrowing to pay for infrastructure improvements. And leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature continue to be unimpressed.  

Wolf has gone around the state, touting various system improvements that would be financed by taxing natural gas drillers and using the proceeds to leverage $4.5 billion of borrowing. 

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In the state capitol, he led a rally intended to garner support. 

“Hey, legislators, senators, we need Restore Pennsylvania to clean up blight, to prevent floods, to remove lead, to increase broadband access," Wolf said. 

But in an interview with reporters a week earlier, Republican Jake Corman, the Senate majority leader, indicated Wolf’s plan has not gained traction. 

“No, I mean, that proposal has a lot of problems," Corman said. 

And a spokesman for the House majority leader says while Republican members share the governor’s concern about improving infrastructure, borrowing against a shale tax that will be passed on to consumers does not have widespread support among those members.