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Solution #2 for PA’s Budget Deficit & Education Funding Crisis: Shale Tax for Schools

Sen. Hughes has introduced Senate Bill 1333 which would tax natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region and provide substantial new dollars to the Philadelphia School District.

Point #1: Pennsylvania has one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the United States.

Point #3: Senator Hughes’ Shale for Schools Tax (Senate Bill 1333) would provide $375 million to public schools across Pennsylvania.

Point #4: Senator Hughes’ Shale for School Tax (Senate Bill 1333) would provide $1 billion for public schools within 10 years.

April 9, 2014: Senator Hughes Speaks at Press Conference on Marcellus Shale Severance TaxFloor Remarks on Medicaid Expansion
April 9, 2014: Senator Hughes Speaks at Press Conference on Marcellus Shale Severance TaxFloor Remarks on Medicaid Expansion
March 27, 2014: Sen. Hughes speaks at rally to support legislation that would provide funding for public education by taxing the extraction of Marcellus Shale natural gas.
March 27, 2014: Hughes speaks at rally to support legislation that provides funding for public education by taxing the extraction of Marcellus Shale natural gas.

IN THE NEWS

Pennsylvania Likely to Pivot on Shale Tax, Insiders Say

June 12, 2014

HARRISBURG — Facing a $1.5 billion state deficit, lawmakers are taking another look at taxing natural gas extraction despite Gov. Tom Corbett's opposition.

“There are more and more people beginning to talk about Marcellus shale taxation,” said Sen. Edwin Erickson, R-Delaware County, sponsor of legislation for a 4 percent severance tax.

“I think there's a good chance something will go through,” said Jeffrey Weber, chairman of the political science department at East Stroudsburg University.

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The Shale Tax Beat goes on to Help Fund Education in Pa.

June 13, 2014

Education advocates are keeping up the drum beat about the need for a new extraction tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania to bolster school budgets.

They say lawmakers have a choice: tax natural gas drillers or watch as schools hike their local property taxes.

"We need an infusion of dollars are the state level for schools and for students," said Jay Himes, director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials. "We cannot continue the failing strategy of cutting our way to success."

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Marcellus Shale Tax Likely? Even Republicans Think So

June 11, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Slick Willie Sutton was a bank robber in the early-to-mid 20th century and when a reporter once asked him why he robbed banks, he answered with disdain.

"Because that's where the money is," Sutton is quoted as saying.

Lawmakers trying to plug a billion dollar budget hole are likely to tax Marcellus Shale drillers for the same reason; because that's where the money is.

The budget wrangling is well underway and the spending plan is due June 30.

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Poll: Pennsylvanians Support Severance Tax, Depending on the Conditions

Pennsylvanians support a severance tax on natural gas drillers, or they don’t, depending on how you ask the question.

Recent polls have shown that a majority of Pennsylvanians support an extraction tax on the Marcellus Shale gas companies. However, a poll by Anderson Robbins Research shows that Pennsylvanians would not support a severance tax if it killed jobs or went to fund pension plans for public employees.

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Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

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  DISTRICT OFFICE
4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
HARRISBURG OFFICE
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579