A recent report from researchers at the Pennsylvania State University indicates that, athough a state severance tax on natural gas extraction would have negative economic consequences on gas production companies, the overall benefit of state and local spending of revenue from the tax could increase population in the state by 1,300 people, add 1,400 new workers, and boost business sales by $80 million as well as personal income by $20 million. Pennsylvania state lawmakers are currently considering approval of a severance tax provision in time for the October 1, 2010 deadline mandated as part of the Pennsylvania General Assembly's passage of the state budget earlier this summer. Pennsylvania remains the only major natural gas-producing state without a severance tax. Governor Rendell and supporters of the tax hope that revenue generated from the tax can be used to help fund local government and environmental initiatives.