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Last Friday, the General Assembly approved a $40.8 billion state spending plan for FYI 2021-22, without raising taxes. This budget, which covers the fiscal year starting July 1, marks seven in a row where lawmakers have rebuffed Gov. Tom Wolf’s requests for higher taxes, as he has proposed historically high tax increases in most years. Lawmakers now have one budget to go before Wolf runs up against his constitutionally mandated two-term limit.
The rolling blackouts in Texas stemming from a freak-shot of bitter weather demonstrated the unreliability of boutique power, and, by mere chance, coincided with an important decision in Pennsylvania.
Governor Wolf’s renewed proposal to additionally tax Pennsylvania energy production in response to pandemic
is “self-defeating and stupid.”
Harrisburg, January 28, 2021 - Governor Wolf renewed his proposal for a new, additional tax on energy production in Pennsylvania. The following quotes can be attributed to David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association:
COMMENTS PRESENTED TO THE: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY BOARD
REGIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INITATIVE: A FLAWED PROPOSAL FOR PENNSYLVANIA
JANUARY 13, 2021
David N. Taylor, President & CEO
Carl A. Marrara, Vice President of Government Affairs
Those most harmed by the Wolf Administration’s “March to the Sea” regulatory campaign to destroy jobs in Pennsylvania’s energy industry have a two-month window to fight back. A public comment period, November 7 to January 14, 2021, has opened before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC).
Back in September, a broad cross section of the commonwealth’s top job creators sent state lawmakers and Governor Tom Wolf a preemptive, cautionary letter urging them not to slap the energy industry with new, additional taxes to balance the remaining portion of the state budget left hanging by the quick onset of the pandemic in the spring.
After a contentious meeting, the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted 13-6 this week to toss aside the objections of business, organized labor, and consumer groups, and move forward with Governor Tom Wolf’s plan for Pennsylvania to join a cartel of ten Northeastern states that taxes carbon emissions.
Following the EQB vote, PMA’s President & CEO, David N. Taylor, issued the following statement: