Energy & Environment

The development and growth of the natural gas industry has been a boon for Pennsylvania's economy. The industry has directly and indirectly created more than 100,000 new jobs; helped keep costs down for consumers; and contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local government tax coffers. Yet, politicians continue to propose new taxes on the industry. 

Recent Issues

Lessons from Fracking's Borderlines

New Yorkers shouldn’t have to eye secession to tap the riches beneath their feet. Pennsylvanians shouldn’t have to worry that taxes and regulations will drive away opportunity and raise energy prices. Both states should remind the nation that prosperity is always vulnerable to the heavy hand of government.

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Pennsylvania State Budget

Will Lawmakers Renege on 'No Broad-Based Taxes' Pledge?

As lawmakers scramble to find revenue to fund the $1.6 billion spending increase they passed last week, a broad-based tax increase, once deemed “off the table,” is in play.

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Governor Wolf's Natural Gas Tax Proposal

Governor Wolf continues to press for a natural gas severance tax despite ongoing layoffs and potential bankruptcies in the natural gas industry.

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Recent Blog Posts

5 Ways Carbon Taxes Harm PA

When Governor Wolf announced his decision to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) through executive order this past October, he also sent the message that PA is closed for business. For businesses operating on slim margins and working families struggling to get by, higher electricity bills and lost jobs are a sobering prospect. 

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Poverty, Energy, and RGGI

Despite living in one of the richest countries and one of the largest energy producers in the world, many Americans still struggle to pay their energy bills. Roughly 1 in 3 Americans report household energy insecurity, and over 10% admit to keeping their home at unsafe temperatures. 

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How to Make an Easy Six Million

Two thieves took easy advantage of the state's abundant business giveaways, according to a grand jury report.

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