DECEMBER 17, 2013 | by ELIZABETH STELLE
A fair and sound tax policy requires that people or businesses pay for the government they use, including the cost of extracting natural gas. Yet despite the passage of a natural gas "impact fee" nearly two years ago, a few lawmakers and government union bosses insist drillers still aren't paying their "fair share." The reality is, gas companies are already paying for more than they're using.
President Obama and one of his cabinet members are making separate trips to Pennsylvania this week. Their reasons for visiting couldn't be more different.
JULY 12, 2013 | by JOHN BOUDER
Remember the frackaphobic film Gasland (2010) directed by Pennsylvania native Josh Fox? Although a documentary in name, we proved the film to be largely fictional. Well the sequel, creatively titled Gasland Part II, is out, and The Washington Free Beacon has published its own illuminating fact check.
MAY 20, 2013 | by GORDON TOMB
Pennsylvania's new drilling impact fee has not deterred special interests from demanding more money from the state’s most prolific producers of new energy.
APRIL 9, 2013 | by GORDON TOMB
One news story highlights hundreds of jobs lost and millions of taxpayer dollars down the drain via corporate welfare. Another celebrates millions of new state revenue and free market job creation. This contrast offers a lesson for lawmakers.
Given the fiscal challenges facing the state, many advocacy groups are calling for new taxes on natural gas. However, lawmakers should be aware that a severance tax will make Pennsylvania less attractive for gas drillers. Tax increases will not solve the long-term fiscal problems facing our state, with budgetary drivers like pension costs and welfare growing faster than our economy. Finally, this tax increase will victimize Pennsylvania landowners who will see their royalty checks shrink and small business owners who provide products and services to gas drillers.