Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NE Times: PA and Philly GOP Discuss Impact Fee

City and state Re­pub­lic­ans gathered last week out­side Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee headquar­ters at 3525 Cottman Ave. in May­fair to ex­press sup­port for Act 13, which cre­ated an im­pact fee for nat­ur­al gas drillers.
Many Demo­crats want to re­place the im­pact fee with a sev­er­ance tax.
Calv­in Tuck­er, a state com­mit­tee­man and Re­pub­lic­an lead­er of the 22nd Ward, said the fee has helped pre­serve 1,000 jobs at the Aker Shipyard.
Den­ise Furey, a state com­mit­tee­wo­man and Re­pub­lic­an lead­er of the 46th Ward, said its is “deeply con­cern­ing” that Tom Wolf, the Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for gov­ernor, wants to use the sev­er­ance tax for $4 bil­lion in spend­ing.
Ar­mond James, who is chal­len­ging Demo­crat­ic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fat­tah, said the im­pact fee helps cre­ate jobs, and he doesn’t want to see pro­ceeds from a sev­er­ance tax put in­to the gen­er­al fund.
Also in at­tend­ance was Mike Tom­lin­son, Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate in the 173rd Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict.

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