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 taxes, which will be shouldered, in large part, by Pennsylvania families, small businesses and virtually all consumers of energy, according to the Independent Fiscal Office. New taxes, coupled with duplicative and onerous regulations, will only exacerbate the difficult fiscal challenges facing the natural gas industry and the thousands of men and women whose livelihoods are dependent upon it.
“As we have said since this administration took office, we stand ready, willing and able to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to advance common sense policies aimed at creating more Pennsylvania jobs and subsequent revenue, particularly across the manufacturing sector, by leveraging our abundant and clean-burning natural gas resources.”
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