PA Business Roars Disapproval of Senate’s Plan to Tax Energy 4X

Yesterday a group of Pennsylvania business and economic leaders from trade associations representing thousands of PA businesses held a conference call to roar their disapproval of the GOP-led Senate plan to impose high/new taxes on energy in the Keystone State. Those on the call included: Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Terry Fitzpatrick, president of the Energy Association of Pennsylvania; David Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association; Mark Chasse, treasurer for Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania; Stephanie Catarino Wissman, executive director of Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania; David Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition; and Dan Weaver, president of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. A group of heavy hitters. Their message was loud and very clear: no new severance tax, no new gross receipts tax. To enslave Pennsylvanians with these taxes now–to fix a single year’s budget–would sacrifice PA’s economic future. Gene Barr pointed out the Senate plan taxes natural gas four different times: 1. when drillers drill a well (impact fee); 2. the gas coming out of the well (severance tax); 3. when the gas gets used by consumers (gross receipts tax); and 4. if drillers make a profit, their profits are taxed too (income tax). It is a plan crafted to satisfy Big Education–to funnel money to teachers, rewarding them for voting Democrat. How many times do we have to point out this is not compromise, it’s insanity!…

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