Gubernatorial hopeful Katie McGinty released two new 15-second clips that will air on television statewide.
The first one, entitled “Work” details McGinty’s work as a “job-creating environmentalist.” This refers to her stint as DEP Secretary, where she claims to have helped attract clean energy companies to Pennsylvania and create thousands of jobs.
But McGinty’s experience in environmental policy extends beyond Pennsylvania – she was a White House policy adviser under President Bill Clinton where she worked on energy and environment issues.
The second ad, “Severance Tax,” focuses on McGinty’s proposal to create a severance tax for oil and gas companies and her plans for the money gained.
“When oil and gas companies don’t pay their fair share, the middle-class pays more in property taxes,” McGinty says to the camera. “I’ll impose a tax on those companies and use every penny to restore the Corbett education cuts.”
McGinty was one of the first gubernatorial candidate to call for a severance tax on natural gas drilling, and her plan is slightly more nuanced than the rest. It’s a two-tier structure comparable to West Virginia, but still at a lower rate and the lowest rate among her competitors whose plans range from 5% to 10%.
In the Democratic race for the party nomination, McGinty faces State Treasurer Rob McCord, former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz.