Today the Clear Coalition and Lehigh Valley legislators joined together on the steps of the Allentown court house to demand a shale extraction tax as part of this year’s state budget. The Clear Coalition is a labor coalition that is fighting for a state budget that funds essential public services and ensures that we have a fair system of taxation in our state. Members of SEIU, AFSCME, UFCW, Child Care Providers UNITED, and AFSCUP listened to our elected leaders, Rep. Freeman, Rep. Samuelson, and Rep. McNeill, and fellow union members.
Every other state that drills for natural gas has an extraction tax. This tax is an essential revenue generating stream for Pennsylvanians. We stand to capture 218 million dollars from taxing the Marcellus Shale.
We will continue to fight across the state.