Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said in his state budget address that a severance tax on natural gas drilling would be a great way to fill Pennsylvania’s coffers without having a dire effect on the finances of residents.
But members of the state’s Senate Appropriations Committee are trying to figure out this week if that is true.
As part of the annual budgeting process, the committee is meeting with representatives of various state agencies to talk about their needs and get their input on what the budget should contain. On Tuesday, they spoke with the director and deputy director of the Independent Fiscal Office, an agency established in 2010 that prepares analyses and reports relating to revenue generation.