Pennsylvania supporters of a Marcellus Shale natural-gas-production tax are giving it another shot.
After failing to get what is formally known as a severance tax enacted last year, 57 legislators cosponsored a bill this week that they estimated would generate $245 million in its first year. They argue that Pennsylvania is the only major gas-producing state without such a tax.
The political climate may be less receptive this year. Republicans control both houses, and Gov. Corbett, as a candidate, declared his opposition last year to a severance tax. But supporters of the tax anticipate his convictions might soften in the face of what could be a $4 billion budget shortfall.