Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa.'s Natural Gas Taxes Are Not out of Line

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa.'s Natural Gas Taxes Are Not out of Line

Article excerpt

If there ever was a good example for why natural gas taxes should be increased for school funding, it's Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai. His June 5 Perspectives piece, "Don't Raise Taxes on Natural Gas Producers," is a prime example of either A) not understanding math, B) not understanding how to do research, C) figures never lie but liars figure or D) all of the previous.

The only facts he states in his piece are the revenues generated in Ohio and West Virginia by their taxes versus the much higher amount generated in Pennsylvania.

What he fails to mention is that Pennsylvania produces at least four times (closer to five, but I'm rounding down) more natural gas than either of those two states. A five-minute internet search showed Pennsylvania is the third-highest producer in the nation, Ohio is fifth and West Virginia is seventh. …

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