Wolf rolls out new shale tax proposal

Tony Romeo
January 31, 2019 - 2:22 pm
Gov. Tom Wolf announces a new shale tax proposal at the state Capitol.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Ahead of next week’s budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf has repackaged his proposal to impose a tax on natural gas drillers. 

State House Republican leaders, however, remain unimpressed. 

This time, Wolf is proposing a shale tax that would raise about several hundred-million dollars a year for borrowing that would fund some $4.5 billion in spending over four years for a long list of system improvements, including things such as flood control, disaster recovery, revitalization of blighted areas, high-speed internet access, storm preparedness, disaster recovery and transportation projects. 

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The governor is banking on the sweeping nature of his newest proposal, dubbed "Restore Pennsylvania," to finally win approval of a shale tax, something he has sought since taking office four years ago.

"Focusing on things that, again, explicitly address issues that affect communities all across the state — Republican and Democratic, conservative/liberal, rural and urban — I think makes this a very different proposition. And I think makes it even harder to resist."

But a short time later, state House GOP leaders said Wolf’s new plan was still a non-starter, for what they called its "taxing, borrowing and uncontrolled government spending."