Taxes and Marcellus Shale
As for an extraction tax on the Marcellus Shale gas industry, Long supports it, with the proceeds going to education. He also supports keeping the existing impact fee.
McAteer said he would consider a modest extraction tax, but it would depend on where it would be spent. The impact fee would have to be revised or changed, he added.
Diamond said he would oppose the tax if the money would go to Harrisburg. He said he believes a hybrid plan could be developed that would keep the impact fee as well.
Bechtold opposes a Marcellus Shale gas tax, saying it would be passed on to consumers.
“My fear is we are going to tax these people until they move to another area,” she said