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Smart Talk: Gas severance tax proposal; Moving between public and private sector in environmental, oil and gas, and lobbying

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 21, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, January 21, 2016:

A tax on natural gas drillers to help pay for increases in education spending was one of Gov. Tom Wolf's fundamental proposals when he ran for office in 2014 and in the budget he laid out last March.

Much has happened since then but Republican legislators wouldn't accept an extraction tax as part of the budget and the price of natural gas would have driven down revenues derived from it.

The governor has promised to once again campaign for a gas severance tax when he proposes his next budget in three weeks. 

Democratic State Rep. Mike Sturla of Lancaster County is proposing a severance tax that is somewhat unique in that the revenue would go toward the state's multi-billion dollar public pension debt.

Sturla explains on Thursday's Smart Talk.

Also, StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick's new feature "Pennsylvania's Blurred Lines" tracks people who hold or have had held high level state government positions moving between public and private sector jobs. Specifically, Marie documents those who have held jobs related to the environment, in the oil and gas industries, or lobbying since 2007 when the state's natural gas industry took off.

Marie Cusick tells us about it on Smart Talk.

Finally, Health Smart: Hidden Hazards airs on WITF-TV Thursday night at 8.  Producer and host Keira McGuire appears on Smart Talk to discuss infectious diseases that are making a comeback.

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Marie Cusick and State Rep. Mike Sturla

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-01-21 10:03

    Tanya from Mechanicsburg emails….
    Sturla’s comparison of the King of Prussia Mall's impact to that of hydro-fractionation activities is a specious argument. A mall, even as big as it is, neither causes the same level of destructive impact nor does it pose the same threats that the practice of hydrofractionation does. Consider the current massive leak out in California, (among many other negative aspects) and maybe re-think your position

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-01-21 10:04

    Rich emails…
    Of the 13 counties with 98 or more wells (as of about 6 months ago) 10 have lost population since the 2000 census. While the State has increased population by 5%. The argument that Fracking creates jobs is obvious junk. Probably it kills jobs in recreation, tourism, and farming.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2016-01-22 08:58

    Pat from Waynesboro emails…
    I proposed something similar to my Senator here in Franklin County. Thank you for proposing such a sensible solution.