• OPPOSE HIGHER TAXES ON ENERGY AND PHONE BILLS!

    These tax hikes will increase energy and phone bills by as much as several hundred dollars annually for millions of Pennsylvanians.

    Contact your House member today and tell them to OPPOSE new and increased taxes on residential and commercial natural gas, electric and phone bills!

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Responsible State Spending

Government should operate within its means: evaluating the effectiveness of current programs; weeding out waste, fraud and abuse in spending; and investing wisely in worthy state-run programs that directly benefit taxpayers.

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Stop New Energy Taxes

Our natural gas industry holds the promise of economic growth and job creation. Additional taxes hinder this opportunity and drive companies to states with friendlier tax climates that share our resources. We're fighting against proposed new taxes on the industry that would pay for more state spending.

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Letter to the Editor: Severance fee foe

In an April 2 editorial ("Markets will support new gas tax") The Times-Tribune continues its obsession with a massive energy tax increase that would cost good-paying Pennsylvania jobs, increase energy costs for consumers and severely undercut the state's economic competitiveness.

Letter to the Editor: Tax bad for jobs

An editorial about the governor's proposed severance tax ("Markets will support new gas tax," April 2) overlooked an important fact: Pennsylvania already taxes the natural gas industry.

House GOP moves to fully uncork wine sales in Pa.

A plan proposed by state House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, would allow shoppers to buy their wine where they get their pasta and sauce - in the normal grocery aisles instead of a segregated cafe area of the store.

Shell releases sustainability report, says it spent $193 million on 'social investments'

Royal Dutch Shell spent nearly $193 million worldwide last year on voluntary social investments, including hundreds of thousands spent in Beaver County.

Pre-election report says any fracking ban would hurt jobs

Any federal ban on fracking for oil and natural gas would cause fuel prices to surge, leading to job losses, higher electricity and gasoline costs and an increased cost of living, especially in top gas-producing states like Pennsylvania, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a report issued on Friday.

Nationwide US fracking ban would cause gas price to spike: study

A nationwide US ban on hydraulic fracturing would have a devastating effect on the natural gas industry and the country's economy as a whole, causing prices to spike to $12/MMBtu and resulting in the loss of 14.8 million US jobs by 2022, according to a report released Friday by an arm of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Oped: Some regulations burdensome to natural gas industry

Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Allegheny, makes a number of misinformed claims in a recent York Dispatch op-ed ("Gas Drillers Must Work with Pa. Communities," Oct. 19) about the natural gas industry's approach to a select number of overreaching...

Report examines energy boom's impact in Pennsylvania

A report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce paints a picture of what Pennsylvania would look like without the Marcellus Shale boom.

Pa. bill to let supermarkets, restaurants sell wine heads to governor

This fall, for the first time, Pennsylvanians might be able to buy a bottle of Chardonnay in the same store that they buy their Thanksgiving turkey.

Pennsylvania State House votes to allow wine sales in supermarkets

In a move that caught many by surprise, the state House voted Tuesday to allow wine sales in supermarkets and other venues while also giving some convenience stores the right to sell beer.

Pennsylvania still among most restrictive states in sales of alcohol

Beer-buying Pennsylvanians are seeing a growing number of options where they can pick up a six-pack or two, though Pennsylvania still remains home to some of the nation's most restrictive beer sales laws.

It's time for the cynics to join the 21st century - and crack open a beer

Not to suggest the few opponents of this historic moment should keep their emotions bottled up.

Pennsylvania school pension system lost money in 2015

The $52-billion-asset Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System lost money last year, trailing the performance of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey state worker pension investment returns for 2015, according to a report the system released Friday.

Rising pension costs are part of why Erie schools are going broke

Aside from a troubled economy and the denuded tax base that goes with it, the structural deficit choking the life out of the Erie School District has two major contributors.

A plan to help the city's pension woes: Buyouts

City Controller Alan Butkovitz thinks he has a solution for Philadelphia's staggeringly underfunded pension fund: buyouts.

Wolf wrong to kill pension office

Pennsylvania's Public Employee Retirement Commission was an unlikely target for budget hawks, with a staff of five and a budget of not quite a million dollars.

Matt Baker opposes governor's proposed severance tax on drillers

State Rep. Matt Baker recently joined Speaker of the House Mike Turzai's opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 5 percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale drillers in Pennsylvania.

Severance tax will cost Pennsylvania jobs, business officials say

Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed severance tax could cost thousands of job and stunt the Pennsylvania economy, business officials said Tuesday.

Scaled-down shale tax in Pa. could spur deal on pensions, liquor privatization

With potential for government gridlock growing, lobbyists and lawmakers see a scaled-down version of Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 5 percent natural gas severance tax as the way to reach a deal on pension and liquor reforms sought by Republicans.

Industry, education advocates face off over gas tax

Dueling rallies between the natural gas industry and public education advocates sparked some heated exchanges at the state Capitol Tuesday.