Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support

Does support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s $4.5 billion severance tax-funded infrastructure plan equate to support for natural gas production? Some climate activists believe it does and are pressuring state lawmakers to rescind their support for Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative.

 

Activists from the Better Path Coalition — a network of approximately 30 environmentally-focused organizations — have been targeting co-sponsors of Wolf’s plan on social media in an effort to get them to remove their name from the legislation.

Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

A wide-ranging Fiscal Code bill was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday, bringing the 2019-2020 budget one step closer to enactment.

The legislation, which helps outline specifics of the annual spending plan, passed the House and the Senate on Thursday, setting in place procedures that could affect environmental policy, energy costs, and the state’s preparedness for emergencies.
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

House Republicans aren’t closing the door on including components of their tax-free alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” plan in this year’s budget. 

As lawmakers reported two bills from the House GOP’s “Energize PA” package out of committee on Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said it’s possible that the package — which seeks to incentivize Pennsylvania’s energy sector by providing tax credits and additional grant opportunities for private businesses  — could be included in the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan

The long-awaited bill for Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan is finally here, and based on the number of co-sponsors alone, the Democratic governor is just a few votes shy of majority support for his plan to fund capital projects through a severance tax on natural gas. 

 

Despite almost having enough support to get the bill to his desk, members of Republican leadership remain staunchly opposed to the idea, with the Speaker of the House labeling the $4.5 billion proposal as an “irresponsible” job-killer. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans prepare ‘no-tax’ response to Wolf’s infrastructure plan

Senate Republicans prepare ‘no-tax’ response to Wolf’s infrastructure plan

As Gov. Tom Wolf continues touring the state to pitch the possibilities of his Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, Senate Republicans are readying a similar plan that looks to address many of the same issues without a tax on natural gas extraction. 

Instead, Senators Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) want to remove Wolf’s 2015 moratorium on natural gas drilling on state forest land, which would allow the state to lease the land to drilling companies, resulting in new revenue. 
Thursday, May 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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