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Editorial: Why the federal budget bill is (mostly) good for the environment

The massive spending bill passed by Congress earlier this month contains myriad provisions. One thing it, fortunately, does not contain is language to block the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s administration’s policy to combat climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Overall, the spending package is a mixed bag for the environment. On the plus side — in ...

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Opinion: The money comes rolling in … and out

Warm weather and a saturated natural gas market have driven down the gas price and slowed the Pennsylvania natural gas industry. Still, gas extraction has been a boon to local governments across the Marcellus Shale gas field. Due to the state Legislature’s refusal to place a fair severance tax on the industry, drillers instead have paid a “local impact fee” ...

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Tom Wolf’s agenda: Tax natural gas drilling

Democrat Tom Wolf, who was elected governor in November, wants to tax natural gas drilling to increase funding for education and other things. Here are 11 things you need to know about the issue. There is no natural gas drilling here, but the county has transmission pipelines to move large amounts of gas. The county receives money from an impact ...

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2015 ND unemployment insurance tax rates lowered

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota employers will see a reduction in their unemployment insurance tax rates starting in January. Officials with Job Services North Dakota say the 2015 tax rate schedule will range from 0.10 percent to 9.70 percent. The 2014 schedule that ranged from 0.16 percent to 9.76 percent. Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Cheri Giesen says more ...

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Voters narrowly rejecting pot tax

Pueblo voters were narrowly turning down a 4.3 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana products Tuesday as well as an 8 percent excise tax on growing pot, making pot products or testing it. Question 2A had received 15,215 votes at press time but 16,582 had voted against it. Councilman Chris Nicoll said he considered the vote a referendum on whether ...

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City voters reject public safety tax

Pueblo city voters solidly rejected a half-cent sales tax increase Tuesday that was intended to give police and firefighters new equipment and additional staff over five years. Question 200 had 23,584 votes against it and just 8,216 for it at press time. The ballot question was drafted and put on the ballot by the police and fire unions. Their spokesman ...

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States lower energy taxes to attract business as production thrives


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media A new report has found that state tax rates on fossil fuel extraction have stayed consistent or even fallen since the hydraulic fracturing boom began, despite rising profits for the energy sector. U.S. News and World Report says the report’s authors, Barry Rabe and Rachel Hampton of the University of Michigan’s Center for Local, ...

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