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

Wolf's Severance Tax Among the Highest in the Nation

Under Governor Wolf's latest proposal, Pennsylvania, with all of its business climate challenges, would also levy one of the highest severance taxes in the nation. Higher than both Louisiana and Texas's effective rates.

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The State of Natural Gas in Pa.

Pennsylvania’s regulatory and tax environment is stunting job growth and deterring investment. A decade after the Marcellus Shale boom, lawmakers are still debating how to tax the industry instead of fixing the policies contributing to Pennsylvania’s increasingly uncompetitive energy market.

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Fiscal Inferno

Disco Governor Wants Money, Money, Money

More tax dollars seem to be Gov. Wolf's answer to every problem in the commonwealth. A recent example is the governor's budget proposal to hire 35 new regulators at a cost of $2.5 million to tackle a backlog of requests for natural gas well permits.

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