PA Sen. Gene Yaw Defends Vote for Severance Tax

PA Sen. Gene Yaw

As MDN previously reported, in July the Pennsylvania Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, voted to enact a new severance tax on top of the existing impact fee (see Traitorous PA Senate Republicans Pass Severance Tax Bill). We named names in that article of those Republicans we consider to be traitors to the industry by voting for this insanity. One of those Senators is Gene Yaw, from Williamsport. Until now, we had not publicly read of how northeast PA Senators justify their vote for the severance tax. We now have. Sen. Yaw provided a statement to a local newspaper in Sayre with statements to explain his vote. Among his justifications: It was his “constitutional obligation” to vote for it, to “steady a sinking financial ship.” Yaw points out he voted for the original impact fee and that over time, revenue from that fee has trailed off, creating the need for a new revenue source (from the Marcellus industry) to replace it. The severance tax fits the bill for Yaw. Here is how Sen. Yaw justifies his vote…

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