American Natural Gas: “The Golden Key” to Boosting Manufacturing

In an interview with Matthew Brouillette’s “Brews and Views” podcast that aired earlier this week, MSC’s Dave Spigelmyer emphasized that “natural gas is the golden key to bring manufacturing back to Pennsylvania.” Spigelmyer also spoke about the benefits of natural gas and highlighted major energy changes over the past decade. Click HERE to listen to […]

Record Impact Tax Revenues Directly Benefit Communities

Pennsylvania’s natural gas impact tax generated a record $251.8 million in 2018, bringing the seven-year total to $1.7 billion in new revenue for communities and statewide environmental and conservation programs. “Local governments rely on impact tax revenues to fund a host of priorities, including enhancing road and bridge infrastructure, flood mitigation and prevention, emergency response […]

Additional Energy Taxes a “Gut Punch” to Pa. Families

For the fifth year, Governor Wolf has proposed a massive tax increase on Pennsylvania’s energy job creators that threatens economic growth and burdens hard-working families with higher energy costs. As in previous years, the proposal to triple-tax Pennsylvania energy has fallen flat among lawmakers, with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman telling reporters earlier this week […]

Pa.’s Existing Natural Gas Tax Funds Infrastructure, Environmental Programs

Instead of promoting the infrastructure, housing and environmental initiatives funded with revenues from Pennsylvania’s existing tax on natural gas, Governor Wolf is visiting communities to push a massive energy tax increase that will burden consumers and cost jobs. The governor’s latest energy tax increase, part of the “Restore Pennsylvania” plan, would levy a tax top […]

IFO: Annual Natural Gas Impact Fee Revenues to Hit Record High

Pennsylvania’s tax on natural gas – the impact fee – will likely generate a record $247 million in new revenue this year, according to a recent Independent Fiscal Office report. The nonpartisan agency’s estimate exceeds the 2017 total revenues by $37.4 million and puts the tax on track to generate nearly $1.7 billion since its […]

PennLive Relies on Sloppy Report, Omits Context to Advance Biased Narrative

A recent PennLive editorial regrettably missed the mark by relying on a sloppy report as support for a half-baked argument. The report in question, “PA’s Marcellus Money,” was thrown together by SEIU, Sierra Club and other energy tax advocates under the banner of The Conservation Voters of PA, and it contained numerous serious and glaring […]

Natural Gas Tax Revenues Benefit Communities Statewide

The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded natural gas impact fee funded grants this week in support of important community projects across the Commonwealth. This latest round of grants funds 120 projects totaling $16.2 million in support of public services and environmental protection, including flood mitigation, abandoned mine treatment, park development and watershed protection. Since 2012, 715 […]

Pa. Natural Gas Impact Fee Generates $209M+, Proceeds Benefit All Counties

Communities across Pennsylvania will receive more than $209 million in new impact fee revenue, Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced yesterday. Since 2012 the impact fee – Pennsylvania’s drilling tax – has generated nearly $1.5 billion for communities in all 67 counties. This natural gas impact fee is working as designed, generating hundreds of millions […]

Gov. Wolf’s Energy Tax Hike to Harm Pa. Jobs, Consumers

Governor Wolf threw his support behind an energy tax increase this week, marking the fourth year in a row the governor put forth a plan that harms Pennsylvania families, small businesses, and consumers. Just like previous proposals, this latest tax increase is a step backward and will make Pennsylvania less competitive for job-creating investment. Natural […]

MSC in PennLive: Just Say ‘No’ to Wolf’s Latest Severance Tax Push

By David Spigelmyer Political stunts and double-speak appear to be the hallmarks of this election season, especially when it comes to safe, job-creating natural gas development. Pennsylvania politicians – starting with the driver of the navy blue Jeep – claim they want the job creation, community benefits and economic growth that natural gas delivers. In […]

Annual Natural Gas Impact Tax Revenues to Top $219 Million

Annual revenues from Pa.’s natural gas impact tax are projected to top $219 million, according to the state’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office. These projected revenues are $46 million higher than 2016 and push the total generated from the state’s tax on natural gas past $1.5 billion. Here’s what they’re saying about natural gas impact tax […]

Impact Fee Funded Grants Benefit More Pa. Communities

This week, communities throughout the Commonwealth received natural gas impact fee – Pennsylvania’s natural gas tax – funded grants for key environmental and infrastructure projects. Through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, 115 projects, totaling more than $15.7 million were awarded to counties throughout the state. These funds are in addition to the impact fee dollars that […]

Four Fast Facts on Higher Energy Taxes

As we continue to hear more political spin on proposals for a massive energy tax increase, it’s important to separate fiction from fact. We already know that the Independent Fiscal Office concluded – for the third straight year – that the governor’s proposed energy tax increase, for example, would give Pennsylvania the nation’s highest tax […]

Post-Gazette / Inquirer “Investigation” Exposes “Gotcha” Journalism by Neglecting Key Facts & Context

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer failed to exercise good news judgment by omitting publicly available and easily accessible data for a weekend story. Their piece excludes basic facts and highly critical background in an effort to advance a one-sided narrative. Since they forgot to do their job, we will help them. Let’s start […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax Generates $1B for Community, Infrastructure, Environmental Programs Since 2011

Pennsylvania’s unique impact fee – or tax on natural gas – has generated more than $1 billion since 2011, according to recently released data from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission [NOTE: Click here to view county + municipality totals]. In 2015, the fee-tax on responsible shale development generated more than $187 million – the overwhelming […]

Natural Gas: America’s Clean-Burning, Reliable Energy Source

Locally produced natural gas is a reliable and clean-burning energy source on track to gain the title of America’s most popular power-generating fuel. As more consumers, manufacturers, and power generators continue to rely on affordable natural gas supplies, it’s even more critical that Pennsylvania lawmakers get the energy equation right by encouraging continued natural gas production […]

State Budgets Suffer as Severance Tax Revenues Plummet

As some in Harrisburg continue to push for additional and even higher energy taxes which threaten Pennsylvania jobs, policymakers must consider the facts, including these: While higher energy tax advocates selectively cite taxes on the books in other energy-producing states, they perhaps purposefully fail to mention the plummeting revenues and massive budget deficits many of […]

MSC in Patriot-News: Pa.’s Shale Impact Tax Generates $850 Million for Communities

The op-ed “Here’s how a principled shale tax can break the budget stalemate” fails to acknowledge that Pennsylvania already has the “reasonable” severance tax which the authors seek to enact. Pennsylvania’s tax – called an “impact fee” – has generated more than $850 million in new revenues since 2012 and is largely directed to local communities. […]

Shale “Breathing New Life” into the American Economy

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy released a study reaffirming the fact that hydraulic fracturing “is a safe and well-regulated technology.” The proven technology, coupled with horizontal drilling advancements, is responsible for “fueling a resurgence” in our nation’s workforce – especially in the manufacturing sector – making the U.S. more competitive in the global […]

What They’re Saying: Marcellus Production Continues to “Lead the Way”

“Oil and natural gas are driving the U.S. economy,” says a new API survey released earlier this week. At the same time the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s monthly drilling report, found Marcellus Shale production at “record levels.” Taken together, the benefits of safe, local natural gas development – as well as the soaring production levels – […]