New Analysis Confirms Gov. Wolf’s Massive Energy Tax Hike Will Sting Pa. Families

The nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) once again confirms in a new report that Gov. Wolf’s latest proposal for even higher energy taxes would make Pennsylvania the nation’s highest natural gas taxed state. In fact, IFO concludes that the governor’s massive tax increase would lead to less overall natural gas production and higher energy costs […]

Just The Facts on Higher Energy Tax Schemes

Gov. Wolf doubled-down on his proposal for job-crushing higher energy taxes last week, ignoring the real-world market reality of this energy downturn that’s spurred thousands of layoffs as well as dozens of bankruptcies. And despite the governor stating that the energy industry is “showing no signs of slowing down,” there couldn’t be a worse time […]

MSC Statement on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer issued the following statement: “The governor continues to ignore market realities in pushing for additional energy taxes that will cost even more good-paying Pennsylvania jobs in this depressed global commodity environment. “There couldn’t be a worse time for additional energy […]

Clean-Burning Natural Gas Improves Air Quality

During an online “town hall” forum this week, Gov. Tom Wolf outlined new methane emissions-related regulations despite the clear fact that Pa. DEP and U.S. EPA data demonstrates that emissions are plummeting as natural gas production soars. In fact, thanks to America’s increased production and use of clean-burning natural gas, the U.S. has reduced its […]

MSC in York Daily Record: Gas Tax Fact Finder Piece Off Base

While the paper’s Oct. 3 “fact finder” on Gov. Wolf’s highest-in-the-nation energy tax proposal made a number of important points, it failed to provide readers with key context. We appreciate that this paper — like so many others across the commonwealth as well as independent experts — confirmed that Gov. Wolf’s energy tax hike proposal […]

MSC in Pottstown Mercury: Higher Energy Taxes Will Hurt Pa. Economy

In its July 27 editorial, “Pottstown School Leaders Advocate for State Budget with More Schools Funding,” The Mercury fundamentally fails to acknowledge the negative impact that Gov. Wolf’s proposed energy tax – the nation’s highest – will have on Pennsylvania’s economy. For countless families and communities throughout all corners of the commonwealth, Pennsylvania’s energy revolution […]

Higher Energy Taxes Will Hit Shale’s Supply Chain the Hardest

The shale supply chain in Pennsylvania is supported by more than 1,300 diverse businesses, providing jobs with good wages and benefits for hardworking Pennsylvanians. But persistently low commodity prices are driving a downturn in shale activity, affecting communities, working families, and the small and mid-sized businesses that support responsible natural gas development. A story this week […]

“Massive” Energy Tax Hike Threatens Shale’s Economic, Environmental Benefits

Consumers, manufacturers, and our environment are all benefitting from locally-produced, affordable natural gas. As laid out in a recent Scranton Times-Tribune news story under the headline “Gas and Power March Together,” the paper reports that shale development is creating a “wave of projects” that are generating reliable, affordable and clean electricity across the Commonwealth. Beyond […]

MSC in Butler Eagle: Higher Energy Taxes Jeopardize Shale’s Benefits

The Aug. 12 editorial “Plunging oil, stock prices weigh on Pa. severance tax” asked whether it is “prudent” to enact a massive energy tax increase. Pennsylvanians — local government officials and consumers as well as union members and small businesses — have a clear answer: Now is the absolute worst time to raise Pennsylvania’s energy […]

New Energy Taxes Threaten Local Shale Benefits, Small Businesses & Labor Jobs

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf formally rolled out his new energy tax proposal, which has been described as “outrageously onerous” and “a race to the bottom.” As this policy process moves forward, it’s critical to consider these facts: The proposed new energy tax – “a 7.5 percent effective tax rate–one of the highest in the nation” […]