Vitali: House Dems need to make severance tax happen

A natural gas severance tax needs to be passed in the coming weeks, or it won’t be passed at all.

That’s according to Delaware County Democrat Greg Vitali, who’s led the charge for a Marcellus Shale levy in the House this session.

Vitali predicts the Republican-controlled Senate won’t approve a tax — or the House’s three-year moratorium on state forest land leasing — unless Democratic leaders use the measures as leverage during upcoming budget negotiation sessions.

The House’s severance tax would impose an eight percent levy on natural gas wells’ production value. It’s part of the revenue package that House members debated this afternoon before Appropriations Chairman Dwight Evans halted debate at the governor’s request.

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Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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