For Immediate Release
April 30, 2018
HARRISBURG - PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s most recent proposal to levy a punitive energy tax on job creators and consumers:
“For the fourth year in a row, the Governor is advocating for higher energy taxes on businesses, consumers, families and our growing energy sector in order to satisfy continued demands by government unions for more government spending and for funneling money into the bloated public sector pension systems. We urge the legislature to reject this union-driven push for more spending on the backs of Pennsylvania employers and residents. If we as a state want to attract and keep employers, we should not be proposing taxes that single out particular industries for higher tax rates; instead we should be pursuing pro-growth policies that will foster job creation.”
“Contrary to the rhetoric being deployed in campaign ads, what is under our feet does not in fact belong to all of us – it belongs to mineral rights owners. The only publicly owned mineral rights are those under state lands – lands that the Governor has decided to bar from further energy development. Pennsylvania is fortunate to have the array of natural resources and energy assets it does, and we should be finding ways to use all of them to our advantage – to attract new manufacturing, to position our state as a leader in innovation, and to keep energy costs low for families. This short-sighted severance tax proposal does the exact opposite, which is why we will continue to lead a broad-based coalition in opposition.”
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.