Gov. Corbett Remains Against Taxing Marcellus Shale Industry

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Governor Tom Corbett is standing by his position against taxing Marcellus Shale drilling.

He has been criticized statewide for his stance, but he says the industry can help revive the state’s struggling economy.

Critics say tax revenue from drilling could offset a $4.2 billion state budget deficit.

“No. 1, the companies, the industry is already paying taxes just like any other business pays taxes,” Corbett said. “No. 2, it would be a tax on one industry for one reason they are making money and because we have a hole in the budget.”

Corbett believes the most the state would get from taxing natural gas drilling is $200 million – way short of the deficit.

The budget shortfall is hitting all state-funded programs hard, especially school districts. Many are considering teacher layoffs and eliminating programs due to a $550 million cut in funding.

Some of the poorer districts would lose up to $600 per student. Corbett blames cuts in federal money, but says he’s willing to look at a system where some districts have so much and others so little.

“We have a funding formula that I think we need to look at in the future as to how we do that in the next budget cycle we can do that as soon as we get this budget passed,” Corbett said.

Corbett admits Pennsylvania and some of its school districts could face some tough financial times over the next few years.

As for the natural gas companies, it wasn’t all friendly. He left them with a stern warning that failure to protect the water and the environment could result in tough prosecution.

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  1. chas1376 says:

    How much are the State Police recieving on pension plus their health care benefits?
    Lets’s start locking at the real reason for the defiact.I’m under the impression they recieve full pay after 30 years.$80000 pensions??????Correct me if I am wrong!

  2. Alyssa says:

    The only thing they revive is his campaigning money…

    1. Passing Commenter says:

      You got that right, Alyssa.

      http://www.campaignfinance.state.pa.us/ContributionSearchResults.aspx?RequestID=467640&SortOrder=7&StartRow=1&RowsPerPage=100

      It’s either ax the drillers now, or tax us later – we’ll need to fix our roads after they’ve been destroyed by all the heavy machinery long after the drillers have sucked us dry and gone back to Texas. Somebody’s got to pay, one way or the other.

  3. CHUTE PAGLIONI says:

    The bottom line is the Governor accepted hugh contributions from the drilling companys to get elected and he’s not going to change his mind about taxing them. This man should be ashamed of his self considering the fact that he used to investagate and put pepole away that tryed to get away with what he’s doing. He is taking money from the hard working tax payers of Pa. and refusing to take money for out of town corporate enterprises that are ready to bring all their out of town work force in and rape our propertys, communitys and land from all its natural resources. Our property taxes will all go through the roof to replace Corbetts cutting of budgets at the schools. Not to mention all the other public services that are not being preformed because of the state goverments failure to action. I predict that the choices Gov. Corbett has made will end his career early. He will be a one term Governor.

  4. pittgirl says:

    I also think he will only be a one term governor-we need to get his a++ out of office!!!

  5. dddddd says:

    Hope the ones that voted for him are happy……….i agree with you pittgirl

  6. Marie says:

    Yes, state police pensions are fully funded after 30 years. Aren’t all pensions fully funded after 30 years?

    How about looking at our lawmakers and their salaries? The police PROTECT and SERVE, while the state house and congress do neither – and collect more perks and pay than the police.

  7. brenda says:

    wonder how much HE is getting from marcellus shale for not taxing them, can you imagine how much money could be added to pa. budget if HE did tax

  8. DON GAWITTO says:

    JUST THINK IF DAN THE TAX MAN WAS GOVERNOR HE’D BE TAXING THEM AND A LOT OF OTHERS TO FUND THOSE WHO ARE NOT A PART OF ANYTHING THEIR TAXING THE MONEY FROM.
    PASS THE WEALTH AROUND YOU SAY FROM YOUR COMMUNIST/DEMOCRAT MOUTH’S
    F YOU AND HAVE A NICE DAY

    1. RECALLREPUBLICANS says:

      hey nice job republican great comment above REPUBLICANS SU** A** AND YOU KNOW IT!!!!!

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