Legislators Should Resist Severance Tax

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As Harrisburg debates how to fund its recently passed state budget, Governor Tom Wolf continues to push for a severance tax on shale gas production, even though legislators stopped it last year. In a letter to the Morning Call, Patricia Felix of Bethlehem urges them to stand strong this year, too:

The gas industry has been good to Pennsylvania and our communities through lower prices and through the impact fee tax revenue that each county receives. The revenue has been used to provide for increased emergency services, infrastructure improvements and other important projects.

Gov. Wolf would like to include a severance tax on the gas industry in this year’s budget. A severance tax will be harmful to consumers and communities as it will damage the industry that is already taxed and has already decreased production. Say no to a severance tax.

If the governor gets his way, the commonwealth will have one of the highest effective tax rates on natural gas production in the nation. Is that what we need to revitalize Pennsylvania’s struggling energy industry? Of course not.

Our legislators need to hear from Energy Citizens that we oppose the severance tax. They need to stand firm in saying “no” to Governor Wolf’s bad idea.

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Severance Tax Update – Thank You!

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We wanted to give you a quick update: Pennsylvania’s budget has become law. The best news is that a severance tax on Pennsylvania natural gas production is not part of it.

Thanks to the hard work of Energy Citizens, legislators did not support this job-killing initiative. They stood firm against Governor Wolf and resisted pressure to impose an energy tax that would have hurt our families and communities.

While the severance tax was not included in this budget, we expect this fight will continue. Governor Wolf still wants to impose this job-killing tax. However, this year’s budget outcome is proof that when Energy Citizens work together, we can have a major impact on policy outcomes.

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Natural Gas Producers Already Pay Their Fair Share

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Governor Wolf’s natural gas severance tax threatens Pennsylvania jobs and our state economy. It’s a bad idea that needs to be stopped now!

To sell this job-killing proposal, Governor Wolf is making false claims that Pennsylvania natural gas producers aren’t paying their fair share. He conveniently forgets the millions of dollars that have been sent directly to our communities over the last four years through the natural gas impact tax. These funds help us build roads, fund emergency services, and keep our taxes low.

Pennsylvanians deserve to know the truth. Please email Governor Wolf and your state legislators to tell them that you oppose the severance tax proposal.

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Tell him no.

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Gov. Wolf wants to impose the highest severance tax in America on the Pennsylvania oil and natural gas industry.

He doesn’t seem to realize that the shale gas produced in our state not only supports thousands of family-wage jobs and saves consumers and schools millions of dollars on their utility bills – it’s helped bring U.S. carbon emissions down to 20-year lows!

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The proposed severance tax could discourage investment in Pennsylvania energy development, robbing us of jobs, tax revenue, and the affordable, clean-burning natural gas that helps us out in so many ways each day.

Tell him no. Click here to send a letter to Gov. Wolf – and to your elected representatives in the Pennsylvania legislature – standing up for Pennsylvania energy and standing against the severance tax.

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Pennsylvania News Round-Up

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Energy Citizens across the commonwealth are standing up for Pennsylvania energy.

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One of the best ways to reach our neighbors and decision makers on important issues is by writing to local papers. Here are a couple great examples of Energy Citizens speaking out:

Cameron Linton wrote into the Sharon Herald to speak out against the severance tax:

I wanted to express my disappointment with Gov. Wolf’s severance tax proposal… We already have the second largest corporate income tax in the nation. While the governor proposes that we don’t have a severance tax and this is needed, enacting that tax will skyrocket Pennsylvania tax to the highest tax on oil and gas in the nation.

Paul Battista, co-owner of SunnySide Supply in Washington County, wrote a letter to the Post-Gazette pointing out that “57 percent of Pennsylvanians support fracking and 74 percent said the technology can strengthen our economy:”

What most upsets me, as a business owner, is the misguided policies concocted and proposed by Mr. Hanger and other Harrisburg politicians, misleading Pennsylvanians to believe that increased environmental regulations and higher energy taxes will result in a better environment. The natural gas industry is going through a tough economic downturn that’s hurting small businesses such as mine and our communities. The real fixer here is Mr. Hanger trying to advance policies that would cost more Pennsylvania jobs without helping our environment.

These are great letters, and we thank these Energy Citizens for writing them. They are also a reminder that there are many politicians in Pennsylvania who want to enact anti-energy policies. We have to stay vigilant to oppose things like the severance tax, which Governor Wolf continues to push. This misguided proposal and other bad ideas remain active in the capital. Let’s make sure that every state legislator knows that we won’t accept additional energy taxes or any other plan that will hurt oil and gas production in Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania: Vote4Energy Today!

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Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania. We need leaders who will support pro-energy policies that help Pennsylvania families and workers.

Tell your legislator: Say NO to a severance tax. Stop Gov. Wolf and his allies’ attacks on Pennsylvania energy!

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Some politicians in Harrisburg are spreading misinformation in an attempt to pass a job-crushing severance tax on Pennsylvania natural gas production. The truth of the matter is: natural gas is already taxed—it’s called the impact tax!

It’s time for Harrisburg to come up with responsible solutions to meet our budget challenges.

Stand up for Pennsylvania energy. Send a letter to your legislator today!

P.S. Don’t forget to head to the polls and Vote4Energy!

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UPDATE: Severance tax left out of budget!

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We wanted to give you a quick update: the Pennsylvania budget has finally become law.

After a months-long stalemate, the budget for this fiscal year has gone into effect and the best news is that a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry is not part of it.

Thanks to the hard work of Energy Citizens, legislators did not support this job-killing initiative. They stood firm against Governor Wolf and resisted pressure to impose an energy tax that would have hurt our families and communities.

While the severance tax was not included in this budget, we expect this fight will continue. Governor Wolf has already declared he still wants to impose this job-killing tax. However, the victory in this year’s budget is proof that when Energy Citizens work together, we can have a major impact on policy outcomes.

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Pennsylvania Representatives Voted to Reject the Severance Tax

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It’s time to thank our representatives in Harrisburg!

They did the right thing when they rejected Governor Wolf’s severance tax. We should let them know that we appreciate it.

The governor is putting a lot of pressure on legislators to pass a budget package that includes his billion-dollar energy tax. We have to encourage them to stand strong until this tax is permanently defeated.

 

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Share this picture and spread the word about the severance tax victory. There is another round of budget negotiations coming up. We have to make sure our legislators continue to stand strong against this billion-dollar tax hike.

And if you haven’t done so already, please send your representatives a letter now, urging them to reject a severance tax proposal.

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ICYMI: The Damaging Effects of a Severance Tax

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If Governor Wolf’s severance tax proposal becomes law, communities throughout the Commonwealth will feel the effects. That’s why the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry has been educating the public about why this tax plan is a bad idea. A recent Chamber event in Lancaster allowed local businesses to air their concerns: 

The prospect of a severance tax scares Mark Lauriello, president of the Lancaster-based engineering firm Rettew. Higher costs, whatever the cause, will reduce the state’s rig count, and that translates to fewer jobs across the board, he said.

Fueled by work in the natural gas industry, Rettew has grown from 189 employees to 400. Its growth has translated into more business for other local companies, Lauriello said. The $4.5 million headquarters building that Rettew opened in 2011 was built by local contractors. Lauriello also said the company has bought 75 new vehicles locally in the past few years, a good 60 more than it would have bought without its growth.

Lancaster County Commissioner Scott Martin also spoke out against the severance tax. He noted that it would end the current impact fee that is doing so much good for local governments:

The county’s share of state shale gas impact fees has helped it repair bridges and preserve farmland, he said, adding that he is concerned that the state would exert control over severance fee revenues rather than giving local government a say.

As these speakers discussed, this severance tax will do a lot of damage to Pennsylvania. Our state legislators should reject it.

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Business Leaders Oppose Severance Tax

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There is broad agreement in Pennsylvania’s business community that Governor Wolf’s severance tax is a bad idea.

Business owners from across the state wrote a letter to Governor Wolf from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in opposition of the governor’s billion-dollar tax. This letter outlined the benefits that shale production has brought to the commonwealth:

New and expanded manufacturing facilities are being proposed across the state. Natural gas is increasingly being used to heat and power homes. Trade labor has seen an increase in work thanks to the development of shale. Drilling activity has spurred the need for new home construction and created a host of opportunities all along the supply chain. But a severance tax jeopardizes all of this progress.

It’s doubtful that the governor will listen to the testimony of these business leaders. However, there is a good chance that legislators will be more attentive to the needs of Pennsylvania’s business owners and workers. It’s vital that legislators reject the governor’s budget plans and end any chance of a severance tax for the state.

Let’s make sure that our lawmakers hear from every Energy Citizen in Pennsylvania on this issue!

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