Feb. 04, 2021

HARRISBURG - Rep. Jeff Wheeland (R-Lycoming) on Thursday issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal that seeks to raise taxes on working families and the natural gas industry while lowering the Corporate Net Income Tax:

“It is very unfortunate that the governor is so out of touch with everyday Pennsylvanians. Instead of proposing relief for our small businesses and working families that have been hit hard by his COVID-19 mandates, he is seeking to raise their taxes.

“To then propose a tax break for corporations is very unfair to our Pennsylvania-owned businesses that were more restricted during this crisis than big box stores, a policy which has left millions of Pennsylvanians unemployed.

“In addition to an increased Personal Income Tax that is to be paid by small businesses and working families, the governor’s tired idea of a severance tax would be devastating for my constituents who greatly rely on the natural gas impact fee revenue and royalties. Such a policy would chase this much-needed revenue and family-sustaining jobs out of Pennsylvania at a time when so many are looking for stable income.

“My constituents in Lycoming County are struggling to understand why this administration insists on squeezing them with higher taxes while the state’s unemployment office has failed to support them, our vaccine rollout is failing to meet national standards, thousands of local businesses are closed and millions of Pennsylvanians are out of work. 

“I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee on a more responsible budget that focuses on helping working families and our economy recover and get back to normal.”

Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland
83rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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