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GOP preparing a no-tax budget for Pa.

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The centerpiece of Gov. Wolf’s Pennsylvania budget plan died its umpteenth death around a negotiating table this week.

Republican legislative leaders emerged from closed-door negotiations with the Democratic Wolf administration to announce that the governor’s proposed severance tax on natural gas drillers is a non-negotiable no-go.

"Our counterproposal was nothing," said Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati. "Yeah, nothing."

Wolf adviser John Hanger said the administration offered major concessions on a Marcellus Shale tax — there would be no minimum price on gas, and drillers wouldn’t have someone looking over their shoulder to double-check how much they make off the gas.

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