Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Scarnati says impact fee to be finalized in a week
Pennsylvania’s highest-ranking state senator says he thinks an agreement on a sweeping bill to impose a fee on the booming natural gas drilling industry can be finished in a week, right before Gov. Tom Corbett unveils his budget plan.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati told StateImpact.NPR negotiators from the House, Senate and governor’s office are trying to agree on the size of the fee and the distribution of the money.
He says negotiators are working toward a “hybrid” solution to iron out differences over whether the state or the county that hosts the drilling should enforce the fee.