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Democratic hopefuls insist drilling tax is viable

April 9, 2014
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Democratic gubernatorial candidates are refusing to consider a plan B when it comes to their idea to raise taxes on the booming natural gas industry to help boost state aid to public schools.

The candidates all challenged the premise of a question put them Wednesday at a debate at a suburban Harrisburg law school campus.

Former Clinton White House environmental adviser Katie McGinty, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and businessman Tom Wolf all insist that the idea is popular around the state and that it's possible to win over a Republican-controlled state Legislature that has thus far refused to impose a new tax on the industry.

A fourth candidate, state Treasurer Rob McCord, couldn't attend. Wolf also suggests that some drilling companies wouldn't oppose a tax. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett opposes raising taxes on the industry.



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