FACT CHECK: Debunking the False Narrative Around Restore Pa.

Governor Wolf and supporters of his plan to triple-tax Pennsylvania energy have recently taken liberties with their arguments in favor of this misguided policy. Pennsylvanians deserve to know the truth behind this political speak. Let’s check a few of the claims: CLAIM: “There’s room for the (natural gas) industry to pay more.” FACT : Pennsylvania […]

Local, Business and Industry Leaders Gather to Tout Benefits of Natural Gas Impact Tax

“The Act 13 impact fee is probably the most important piece of legislation for rural Pennsylvania in my lifetime.”– Senator Gene Yaw Pennsylvania’s current tax on natural gas – the impact tax – works. That message was echoed by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, elected leaders from across the region, and business voices yesterday, as […]

On Clean, Job-Creating Natural Gas, Gov. Wolf Says One Thing, Does Another

Governor Wolf’s rhetoric doesn’t match his policies when it comes to clean, job-creating natural gas. On one hand, Gov. Wolf talks about supporting further development of abundant, low-cost natural gas as key to consumer savings, environmental progress and manufacturing growth. Yet, his policies tell a different story, as higher taxes, unnecessary regulations, and outright bans […]

Think Pennsylvania Doesn’t Tax Natural Gas? Think again.

We’re expecting Gov. Wolf to double-down on a massive energy tax increase during his budget address. While the Governor will likely claim that “Pennsylvania is the only major producer of natural gas that does not ask drillers to pay their fair share,” the truth is just the opposite. Ahead of the Governor’s fourth budget address […]

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 […]

Energy Tax Increases Threaten Pa.’s Economic Opportunity

Natural gas development in Pennsylvania supports more than 320,000 jobs and contributes more than $45 billion to the Commonwealth’s economy, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers study confirms. The report, conducted on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute, also found that energy development supports good-paying jobs, with nearly $23 billion in wages provided to hard-working Pennsylvanians. This latest […]

Pa.’s Impact Tax an Effective, Winning Policy

Summertime – it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear fact that Pennsylvania’s impact fee – our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue – is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be […]

FACT CHECK: Higher Energy Taxes Hurt Jobs, Economic Opportunity

As budget negotiations in Harrisburg extend into a new fiscal year, a few, loud, voices have made baseless and downright false claims in arguing for a job-crushing massive energy tax increase. Here are the facts and show of support from the wave of Pennsylvanians – business, elected officials, labor, etc. – who support natural gas […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax Generates $1.2 Billion, Keeps Revenues Local

Revenue generated by Pa.’s natural gas impact tax has topped $1.2 billion since 2011, the state’s Public Utility Commission announced recently. The upcoming distribution of more than $173 from Pa.’s unique tax on natural gas, is, as one Beaver Co. commissioner put it, “happy news for the commissioners and happy news for the county.” In […]

Local Leaders: Natural Gas Impact Tax Works

Five years ago, Pennsylvania enacted a tax on natural gas production – called the impact fee – that’s generated more than $1 billion in new revenue for communities in all 67 counties. This provision of Act 13 – a law passed with wide bipartisan majorities – continues to work as designed, directly benefiting communities as […]

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 […]

Pa.’s Natural Gas Impact Tax a Winning National Model

Pennsylvanians support keeping natural gas tax revenues in local communities, according to a new Indiana University study. The researchers, who polled nearly 500 Pennsylvanians, found that the Commonwealth’s natural gas impact fee tax serves as an effective national model, concluding that other states should consider “adopting targeted reinvestment policies for energy development that are similar […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fact-Checking Higher Energy Tax Claims

Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry – and the tens of thousands of local workers across hundreds of small- and medium-sized regional businesses and building trades unions – is facing historic financial challenges, forcing dozens of energy and supply chain companies to dramatically reduce investments, close their doors, enter bankruptcy and lay off tens of thousands of […]

What They’re Saying: “Couldn’t Be a Worse Time for Higher Energy Taxes”

Despite many Pennsylvanians’ concerns about the grave job and consumer consequences of a massive energy tax hike, some in Harrisburg continue to dangerously ignore stark market realities in their focus on enacting even higher energy taxes. Yet key energy-producing states, including W.Va., that rely on severance tax revenues are facing severe budget shortfalls as difficult […]

A New Year for American Energy

What do local communities, the environment, national security and trade unions have in common? They are all thriving thanks to increased production of American natural gas. Yet there couldn’t be a worse time for higher energy taxes on an industry struggling with historically low commodity prices. The fact remains that shale’s supply chain – as […]

MSC in Times-Tribune: Higher Energy Taxes Will Cost Good-Paying Local Jobs

The Times-Tribune’s Oct. 19 editorial (“Expand pact to include fair taxation”) ignores market realities and basic economics in its call for higher energy taxes that will cost good-paying local jobs. As The Sunday Times reported on Oct. 18 (“Natural gas companies pounded by low prices”), natural gas prices are at decade-long lows, driving a downturn […]

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 […]

Fact-Checking Wolf Administration’s Higher Energy Tax Claims

Recently, a diverse coalition of organizations representing small- and medium-sized business as well as tens of thousands of hard-working families across various sectors of Pa.’s workforce urged Gov. Wolf and the legislature to pursue commonsense polices focused on strengthening our economy and growing jobs. Unfortunately, the response from Gov. Wolf and his political appointees was deeply […]