A misguided tax on a critical industry

The Feb. 9 editorial “Severance Tax Should Be on the Table,” urging the Legislature to consider a severance tax on natural gas, cited the commonwealth’s COVID-19-related fiscal problems as a justification. Imposing a tax on one of Pennsylvania’s most critical industries would be misguided, since the pandemic triggered reduced energy demand and lower natural gas …

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Natural gas provides materials to fight COVID-19

This pandemic, with its many challenges and tragedies, has also prompted us to be grateful for much of civil society, key industries and the frontline workers that for far too long have gone underappreciated. Pennsylvania’s historic strengths in energy, manufacturing and healthcare should position us to lead the nation’s economic recovery, provided policy allows our …

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Freshmen Letter

Feb. 18, 2021 Congratulations on your recent election to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Stop New Energy Taxes coalition looks forward to working with you to promote Pennsylvania’s economy. For several years, our coalition has provided a voice about the importance of promoting and growing our economy through the continued growth of the …

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Coalition Letter

Feb. 18, 2021 Dear Governor Wolf and Honorable Members of the General Assembly, On behalf of our diverse coalition of the state’s leading business organizations and trade associations, representing thousands of businesses who employ millions of Pennsylvanians, we write in continued opposition to the enactment of an additional severance tax or other punitive energy taxes …

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Tax increase is not beneficial to Pa.

As president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, I agree with Gov. Tom Wolf’s position to prioritize job creation to help rebuild our economy. However, his proposal to fund workforce development with additional energy taxes is counterproductive — jeopardizing existing jobs and threatening our pandemic recovery (Feb. 9, editorial “Severance Tax Should Be on …

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Pennsylvania’s shale gas production critical to energy security

Pennsylvania is critically important to energy production and security. Our abundance of natural gas has enabled Pennsylvania to become the second top-producing state, behind only Texas. The Keystone State has reaped the many advantages of natural gas development. The rich supply of natural gas has translated into good-paying jobs, economic growth, and additional revenue and …

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Don’t impose tax on natural gas industry

As the state struggles to repair the economy and recover from the COVID-19 crisis, elected officials in Harrisburg and Washington should promote programs that stimulate growth and job creation. This is not the time to target one of our state’s most important industries, natural gas production, and propose a punitive severance tax. Marcellus Shale gas production …

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Impact Fee is life-changing

As a county commissioner, it is my job to focus on the well-being of all who call Tioga County home. Supporting our employers and economic development projects that create jobs and support our community is an effort that reaps dividends. The boom in natural gas and its benefits are evident on our back roads and …

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