Wolf, business leaders, clash over proposed natural-gas tax

Written by The Associated Press | May 18, 2015 5:21 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is responding sharply to calls by Pennsylvania business leaders to abandon his plan to levy a new tax on natural-gas drilling.

Wolf charges that the coalition of business groups is putting gas and oil interests ahead of schools and children.

He says Pennsylvania is the only major gas-producing state without such a tax and that his plan would provide money for education that would produce a stronger work force.

Gene Barr of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry says the proposed tax would eliminate the state's competitive edge and drive away its fastest-growing industry.

Dave Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, says natural gas has created new market opportunities for manufacturers. He says state should be helping the industry, not punishing it.

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