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!
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.
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.
After his no-new-taxes budget proposal went nowhere last weekend, Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai issued this challenge to his GOP colleagues in the state Senate:
Working late Wednesday night to close a $2 billion gap in the state's $32 billion budget, the Republican-controlled Senate began pushing a plan to tax drilling for natural gas, and raise or impose new taxes on consumers' telephone, electric, and gas bills.
Pennsylvania's moribund drilling industry, which has struggled with persistently low prices and a dearth of infrastructure to get its product to market, is showing signs of life.
The clock is ticking on Pennsylvania lawmakers grappling with the state government's biggest shortfall since the recession to come up with the $2 billion-plus they say they need to balance a shortfall from the just-ended fiscal year and a projected deficit in the just-started fiscal year.
Higher taxes cost good-paying jobs and undermine the commonwealth's ability to attract the capital investment needed to grow our economy.
As the state continues to grapple with persistent budget issues year after year, some have continued to call for an additional tax on the energy industry.
This time, the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline's blue-collar workers, trade organizations and business supporters turned up the heat.
If there is one issue all Pennsylvanians can rally behind, it's the need to create more jobs, improve our economy and position the Commonwealth to be a national and global economic leader.
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.
In a state Capitol room full of union members opposed to the legislation, the House Liquor Control Committee on Monday approved two bills whose sponsors believe are building on the liquor reforms of Act 39 of 2016.
A key House lawmaker on state liquor policy is "cautiously optimistic" that this could be the year consumers could purchase liquor "to-go" at stores outside the state-controlled system.
Pennsylvania should be out of the sale of wine and spirits. Here's another step toward that rational reality.
Pennsylvania isn't the only state with underfunded pension systems that are driving up taxes while diminishing government services, although its systems are among the worst.
A solution is on the table in Harrisburg, and it's time to get it done
The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives passed different versions of state pension reform earlier this year.
Apollo Global Management, the $186 billion-asset private-equity firm whose bosses include Sixers lead owner Josh Harris, has agreed to pay $53 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission complaints that the firm reduced returns available to its clients, including the Pennsylvania state pension fund (SERS), by inadequately disclosing fees it collected from companies it bought with their cash before selling them or taking them public.
In his recent oped (The rich can take the hit - to fix the budget, they should pay their fair share), Marc Stier offers a short-sighted remedy for Pennsylvania's fiscal woes - just tax businesses more.
Incumbent state lawmakers running for re-election this year - especially old-timers who have put down roots in Harrisburg - won't be singing the praises of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Pennsylvania's economy.
Taxes on tobacco and digital downloads and changes in gaming and wine sales will pay for $31.5 billion spending plan.
Are they putting something in the water out in Harrisburg?