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On Thursday afternoon the official Twitter feed for the Pennsylvania House Republicans began circulating an infographic noting that Philadelphia would get 32 percent of the increase in school funding proposed by Gov. Wolf and asked the question “Do you want to pay a huge tax hike to support that plan?”

Gov. Wolf has proposed a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania to provide funding for public schools. Lawmakers in both parties have introduced severance tax bills every year since 2009, and every year the gas drillers have successfully fought the tax, spending $46.8 million on lobbying since 2007.  Much of the industry’s lobbying money has gone into manufacturing a narrative, built on a foundation of myths, about the economic benefits of drilling and the fragility of the industry.

 

(HARRISBURG, Pa.) June 10, 2015 – A diverse array of 41 major organizations, which serve or represent millions of Pennsylvanians, today called on state lawmakers to enact a fair and reasonable tax on the extraction of natural gas and use the revenue to reinvest in Pennsylvania’s public schools, promote economic development and clean energy, and strengthen oversight of the natural gas industry.

(HARRISBURG, PA)With state budget negotiations heating up in Harrisburg, for the first time new information-packed fact sheets are being released by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center that reveal the real impact of Gov. Wolf's budget plan on taxpayers, homeowners, schoolchildren, minimum wage workers and other Pennsylvanians who would be affected by his proposals.

This is PBPC's press statement on the Independent Fiscal Office Initial 2015-16 Revenue Estimate and how it relates to efforts to increase education funding and fix the commonwealth's structural deficit.

HARRISBURG, PA (March 3, 2015) — Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center (KRC) issued the following statement on behalf of KRC and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center:

“Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget would get Pennsylvania back on the right track by investing in the future to help our economy grow more rapidly and making progress towards getting the state’s fiscal house in order.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 18, 2015) – The Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition released today a list of 19 recommendations to make Pennsylvania’s tax system fairer. State and local taxes require low- and middle-income workers to pay more of their income in taxes than the highest-income Pennsylvanians, making it hard to raise sufficient funds for public schools, higher education, health care and other vital services.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 11, 2015) -- In response to Gov. Wolf’s announcement this morning of a proposed severance tax on natural gas, Michael Wood, research director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, released the following statement:

“Enacting a severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania is long overdue. We, therefore, applaud Gov. Wolf’s proposal earlier today to establish such a tax at the same rate as neighboring West Virginia’s tax.

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