Speaking in Western Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf said Monday he would be “willing to have conversations” about compromises on the 5 percent severance tax on natural gas he’s proposed to balance the state budget.
“I want a better Pennsylvania. If I’m convinced we can have a better Pennsylvania with something better than what I’ve proposed, then I’m all ears.”
Wolf and the GOP-controlled legislature have yet to agree on a budget, and are entering their fourth week past a June 30 deadline. A key element of the impasse is Wolf’s insistence on passing a severance tax on natural gas. Republicans have so far resisted the governor’s call. Wolf says he wants to pass the tax to pay for education and to lower local property taxes.