Budget makers eye revival of natural gas gross receipts tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Budget makers in an 11th-hour search for cash to support a deficit-strapped budget are considering reinstating a gross receipts tax on natural gas sales in Pennsylvania.

Senators said Thursday that the idea is one of several that have been brought up in budget negotiations with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. The state ended the tax in 2000.

Democrats say it would raise a substantial sum, in excess of $500 million a year. But Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says Republicans still aim to assemble a spending plan that doesn’t require a tax increase.

Negotiators in the Republican-controlled Legislature are reporting no agreements on key budget elements with seven days until the state’s fiscal-year deadline.

Natural gas is Pennsylvania’s most prevalent home heating fuel, used in more than half of the state’s roughly 5 million households.

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