Once Again, PA Democrats And Moderate Republicans Push Shale Tax

HARRISBURG (WSKG) — Pennsylvania lawmakers might be close to a bipartisan agreement that gets a natural gas severance tax to the House floor.  Similar efforts have failed repeatedly over the last several years–and as recently as this month. But a slightly friendlier committee might make this time different. Most House severance tax bills end up in the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which is stacked with conservative Republicans who tend to oppose tax hikes or new taxes. But the bill currently under consideration–sponsored by moderate Bucks County Republican Gene DiGirolamo–amends the tax code, so it went to the House Finance Committee instead. DiGirolamo said the chair–Republican Bernie O’Neill, also of Bucks County–has been working steadily to get votes together.