Marcellus Shale and Severance Tax

Recently some discussion has arisen about taxing the companies involved in extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale. Pennsylvania already has one of the highest corporate taxes and increasing an additional tax burden in the form of a severance tax would likely have the effect of decreasing their participation in Pennsylvania.

The companies are already paying taxes and by high-paying providing jobs and is improving the economy in many communities. Other fees and taxes are flowing into those communities and indirectly to the Commonwealth. Already 48,000 jobs have been created in the last year alone with an average wage of $69,995.

Pennsylvania’s budget problem is $4.2 billion and the additional tax would provide about $200 million which would have a limited impact. The following article gives a clearer picture of the ongoing discussion.
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The Facts on Pennsylvania Education Spending

Pennsylvania Education Spending
Gov. Tom Corbett’s FY 2011-12 budget proposal includes $63.6 billion in total operating spending—$27.3 billion in General Fund spending—a reduction of $3.3 billion from FY 2010-11. This budget restores overall spending to pre-stimulus levels and proposes no new taxes.


Public school fund balances grew to just over $3 billion. Despite complaints about “under funding”, school reserves increased 13 percent over last year, and 157 percent since 1996-97.
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Committee positions

We have a list of Committee positions published today. For members who wish to know their committee person(s) in their precincts, please refer to the list under “Officers” in the menu bar and choose “Committee positions.”

When no name is listed it denotes a vacancy and any party member interested in serving, please fill out the “Contact Form” on Contact Us button on the menu above.

Committee to meet June 20, 2011

The full committee of the Erie County Republican Party will meet on June 20, 2011 at 7 pm. The venue is the Millcreek Township Building on West 26th Street.

All candidates for county and township offices are invited to present their positions and platforms or send their representatives, to address the attendees. This event has been posted on the Events Calendar for reference and directions. Inquiries can be directed through our contact form.

Former Sen. Santorum to make important announcement Monday

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)  is preparing to make a major announcement regarding the  2012 campaign for President of the United States on Monday, June 6, 2011
11:00 AM ET

This nationally covered event will be held in front of the
Somerset County Courthouse
111 East Union Street
Somerset, PA 15501
(located less than 1/2 mile off of the PA Turnpike)

Supporters are encouraged to attend.  Please inquire for transportation arrangements* and photographic opportunities at

*There is at least 1 bus available, free of charge from the Cranberry exit on Rt 79. The bus will leave from the
Target parking lot at Rt.228 at 7:45am and will arrive at the Courthouse around 10 for the announcement.
Lunch will be a local restaurant (paid for on your own) and the bus will travel to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville
before returning back to Cranberry.