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Tiresome: Philly RINO Rep Gene DiGirolamo Intros Severance Tax Again

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PA RINO Rep. Gene DiGirolamo Proposes Marcellus Tax Hike – Again

Seeking to kill the economic miracle that has been shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania, the so-called “brave” Republican (really a RINO) PA Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is proposing a 4.9% tax on the value of natural gas extracted and sold from state wells. That’s in addition to the impact fee/tax already in place. The new tax would supposedly raise another $640 million of money that politicians like DiGirolamo could get their grubby hands on to parcel out in vote buying schemes (rather than continue to do the hard work begun by Tom Corbett in reigning in spending).

DiGirolamo has been pedaling higher taxes on Marcellus drilling since at least Sept. 2011 (see Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thursday, Sep 22, 2011). Such a plan doesn’t stand a prayer of a chance while Republicans hold both houses and the governor’s chair. Which raises the question of why DiGirolamo would float this plan again now. Likely a sleazy political ploy to curry favor with his Democrat friends because he figures they’ll be taking over next year after the election…
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Philly RINO Proposes High-Tax PA Budget, Incl. a 3% Severance Tax

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Teacher’s Unions to PA: We Want Drillers’ Money – for Us!

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MSC: PA Impact Fee Far Superior to a Quick Fix Severance Tax

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PA RINOs Pressure House Speaker to Allow Severance Tax Vote

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Past PA Biz Roundtable Pres. Wants Severance Tax to Build More Pipes

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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Thu, Dec 3, 2015

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: Youngstown anti-frack vote recount shows antis still losers; PA budget impasse continues; VA antis call for tough drilling rules; 150 canceled big oil projects; $3.4 trillion in fossil fuel divestment; last shoe drops for Hi-Crush; the party is over for oil; and more!
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PA Gov Wolf’s High Tax Budget Goes Down to Defeat – 9 Dems Against

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Wolf Asks “Good Republican Legislators” to Support Severance Tax

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Wolf Floats Trial Balloon of 3.2% Severance Tax via Proxies

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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading:
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Shale Gas News Radio – Feb 7, 2015 [Audio]

Every Saturday the one-hour Shale Gas News show airs on Scranton, PA’s 94.3 FM “The Talker” radio station. The show is co-hosted by Kevin Lynn of Linde Corporation and Bill desRosiers from Cabot Oil & Gas. MDN brings you the latest program show notes and recordings for Shale Gas News each week (well worth your time to listen). Here’s the latest program, recorded on Saturday, Feb 7…
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PA High Tax Game Plan: Keep Impact Fee, Add Severance Tax To It!

Here’s how tax-devouring Democrats and RINOs in Pennsylvania plan to pass a Marcellus-killing severance tax: Step 1: Keep the impact fee (which is really a tax) in place, which amounts to the revenue that a 2% 3.2% severance tax would raise. Never mind the state’s corporate income tax more than makes up the other 3% of a proposed 5% severance tax. The media, and politicians, intentionally ignore that inconvenient truth. [UPDATE: MDN has it from a highly-placed and trustworthy source that impact fees now being paid by drillers are actually closer to a 3.2% severance tax, not 2% as we previously noted.] Step 2: Introduce a severance tax bill of 3.2% severance tax bill, offered as a “compromise” that lets local communities keep their 60% of the impact fee, but steals money from landowners and drillers (the other 3.2%) to give to teachers’ unions, feeding the beast to keep it at bay (and to pay back a campaign debt). Step 3: After a year or two, when it’s apparent that Harrisburg’s continuing out-of-control spending hasn’t been reigned in and drilling slows down so there’s less tax revenue coming in, just goose the 3.2% tax all the way up to 5% or higher. That’s the plan of Reps. Gene DiGirolamo, R-Bensalem; Tom Murt, R-Hatboro; Harry Readshaw, D-Pittsburgh; and Pam DeLissio, D-Philadelphia as they introduce their “fair and reasonable” 3.2% severance tax bill…
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RINO Introduces 4.9% Severance Tax Bill in PA House

A Republican in Name Only (RINO) in the PA House, Gene DiGirolamo (greater Philadelphia area), yesterday introduced House Bill 2358 that would make it legal for the state to steal money from a single industry and give it away to groups of people who didn’t earn it. It’s called a severance tax and the money raised from such a tax would be used for anything and everything but the impacts that happen from mining natural gas and oil. The arrogant DiGirolamo is all proud of himself for introducing this abomination…
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PA RINO Claims 50 Repubicans Ready to Vote Yes on Severance Tax

If you believe a left-leaning AP reporter and a few RINO sources, Republicans just can’t wait to vote for higher taxes in PA. According to the Democrat who pretends to be a Republican, Eugene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), there’s “50 Republicans” in the state legislature who would vote for a nosebleed-high severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling and do so right the heck now.

Really? How about some names Gene? Besides yourself and two or three other southeastern PA RINOs. Frankly, we think it’s smoke and mirrors to prop up your own pathetic campaign. And by the way–when will the Democrats in southeast PA boot people like DiGirolamo and replace him with a real Democrat, and not a pretender?…
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