coal severance http://wkyufm.org en Gov. Beshear Concerned With Drop in Coal Severance Revenues http://wkyufm.org/post/gov-beshear-concerned-drop-coal-severance-revenues <p>A decline in coal mining tax revenue has many of Kentucky’s top officials concerned. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear say they are worried about the declining revenues form the coal severance tax.</p><p>The tax is used for a variety of state, county and local infrastructure projects, mostly in Eastern Kentucky. Beshear says the drop in revenue reflects the tough market for Kentucky coal.</p><p>“I am concerned about the coal severance receipts, they are down, they’re down significantly. And that because coal mining is down significantly, the tons of coal mined has dropped.”</p><p>Beshear says exports, mainly to India and China, could help the revenues rebound. However, the first shipment of coal in a celebrated trade deal with an Indian company is months behind schedule. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:47:32 +0000 24141 at http://wkyufm.org Gov. Beshear Concerned With Drop in Coal Severance Revenues