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Wolf fires back at industry groups for opposition to severance tax

Gov. Tom Wolf castigated business and industry groups on Monday for their strong opposition to his proposed severance tax on natural gas, writing that the groups are “letting down our commonwealth.”

In a letter to the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Mr. Wolf said his proposed budget contains business-friendly policies that the industry group supports, but “instead of working with me to address our shared priorities,” he wrote, “you are standing with oil and gas special interests and opposing progress for Pennsylvania.

“You are ignoring your own priorities and you are hurting businesses, schools and the people of Pennsylvania who desperately need change. It is simply unacceptable.”

The letter was a reply to the Pennsylvania Chamber and more than a dozen other trade organizations that joined in writing to Mr. Wolf and legislators last week urging them to abandon the idea of imposing a new tax on the volume and value of gas extracted from the Marcellus and other deep shale formations in the state.

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