A new ad from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry is taking aim at Gov. Tom Wolf’s new energy tax proposal.
Wolf has been pushing for the implementation of a severance tax on the natural gas industry – at five percent – to fund other areas, such as education.
The spot says Wolf’s plan “could cost tens of thousands of jobs and billions in job-creating investments” in the state. “And even worse, the money would be sent to Harrisburg, instead of critical local projects.”
Wolf and proponents of the severance tax believe that more than $1 billion could be raised to save important government functions such as the Department of Environmental Protection and education funding, while also allowing for property tax relief.
The ad says the tax would be “the highest energy tax in the country,” a claim fact-checked by StateImpactPA.
The Chamber is campaigning against the new taxes, as the natural gas industry has been “the biggest engine of prosperity that Pennsylvania has seen in decades.”
The state legislature and Wolf are required to pass a budget by June 30th.