TEACHER FURLOUGHS, KEYSTONE EXAM DELAY, MORE DOLLARS FOR EITC, SCHOOL BOARD TRAINING, OPIOID INSTRUCTION, INPUT ON STATE ESSA PLAN, CONSTRUCTION FUNDING ON HOLD, SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT CHANGES….
Penn Live BY JAN MURPHY email@example.com Updated on July 11, 2017 at 9:41 PM Posted on July 11, 2017 at 6:11 PM
With pressure building to find a way to pay for the state's $32 billion spending plan for 2017-18 that is now law, a bipartisan group of House members are calling on House Speaker Mike Turzai to allow for a vote on a bill that imposes a severance tax on natural gas drillers. With a need to find revenue to fill a projected $2 billion budgetary hole, a letter signed by 12 Republican lawmakers and three Democrats who have authored shale tax legislation states they believe it is time to "pass a proposal that is fair, reasonable and responsible." The letter points out that there is overwhelming support among Pennsylvania citizens for the tax as well as bipartisan support in the Legislature, not to mention high on Gov. Tom Wolf's list for addressing the state's revenue needs. Wolf is calling for a 6.5 percent tax on gas production. It also points out that credit rating agencies have put the state on notice that a downgrade to its credit rating - already one of the worst in the nation - could be in the offing if its 2017-18 budget relies too much on non-recurring revenue such as borrowing money and one-time revenue sources. "While an extraction tax would not solve all our budgetary issues, it is a crucial step toward putting Pennsylvania on the road to fiscal health," it states.
Politico By BURGESS EVERETT and JENNIFER HABERKORN 07/11/2017 12:25 PM EDT Updated 07/11/2017 10:30 PM EDT
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