Impact fee suffices
I'm with state Rep. George Dunbar, R-Westmoreland County, when it comes to the proposed severance tax on gas wells in Pennsylvania. Rep. Dunbar took time from his busy schedule to meet with a few energy citizens to discuss this proposed boondoggle. George believes, as do I, that the impact fee, which funds much-needed projects for counties and municipalities, is quite enough.
Adding a severance tax will slow or even stop Pennsylvania's rapidly decreasing unemployment rate. I urge all of our leaders to consider the full impact of an additional severance tax on the entire Pennsylvania economy before they act.
Jobs are being created in many different sectors due to drilling, and these are good-paying, sustainable jobs for people. Why should we sacrifice such economic growth? Why should we push out of the state the greatest economic benefit in 100 years?
The impact of drilling is seen in our grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, entertainment centers, manufacturing, waste management and tourism industries. Jobs are being created.
Counties and municipalities are putting the impact fee to good use by improving roads and bridges. Why is another tax needed?
I stand with Rep. Dunbar and say “enough is enough.”
Chad A. McCutcheon
The writer is spokesman for McCutcheon Enterprises Inc., a waste management contractor for the oil and gas industry.
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