Pittsburgh Paper Asks, Is PA Severance Tax Dead? Yes!

no-tax.jpgUnfortunately a Pittsburgh-area newspaper, the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter, has fallen prey to a lie. Somehow the paper’s editors think because there’s not something called “severance tax” in the tax code of Pennsylvania, that means the state doesn’t have one–when in fact they do. It’s called an Impact Fee coupled with a corporate income tax. Add the two together, and PA’s drillers pay a “severance tax” rate that is higher than Texas and other shale states. In a recent editorial published in the Observer-Reporter, the editorial board admits that a severance tax is (for now) dead in PA. That’s the good news. When your opponent admits defeat, that’s a good sign. However, the editors still whine for a nosebleed-high severance tax anyway, accusing the drilling industry of getting a “sweetheart deal” that, they say, should end when gas prices go up again…

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