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Manufacturers condemn Wolf’s call for new, additional energy production tax

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:

Facing budget shortfall, lawmakers should fight recovery-snuffing tax increases; Energy production needed to get Pennsylvania economy back to full strength

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.

Emerging Trend: A Constitutional Crisis

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:

FBI arrest of Ohio House Speaker over nuke bailout corruption is a lesson for PA

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio filed bribery and racketeering charges against Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder and four others over the enactment of nuke bailout legislation and subsequent efforts to thwart a statewide voter referendum. FirstEnergy Corp., whose lobbyist was among those arrested and charged, funded the corrupt influence operation with more than $60 million, according to the U.S. attorney’s indictment.