Localized Drilling Fees Make for a Sorry State, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

July 24, 2011

"Allegheny County churns out hundreds of millions of dollars in state sales tax revenue, more than Philadelphia, but neither county gets to keep that money.

That's redistributed throughout Pennsylvania. The same goes for much of the take from the Rivers Casino. The state systematically takes a cut of the losers' leavings and redistributes it across the commonwealth.

That all seems fair enough. So why should the entire haul from a new tax on gas drillers stay in the localities where it's collected?"
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