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Scarnati: “We are not sending the governor a severance tax”

A negotiating session over Pennsylvania’s energy issues that lead to a discussion on a natural gas severance tax broke down after about 45 minutes as Republicans at the negotiating table refused to accept any severance tax on natural gas extracts.

“We are not sending the governor a severance tax,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) upon leaving Wednesday’s meeting. “We’re working in the timeframe of June 30 and there is no severance tax on the table and I don’t see the future of a severance tax on the table as we work today.”

Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) also took part in the discussions and said the current impact fee is working and the issue of getting additional money from natural gas should be left at that.

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