Nanticoke, March 27, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), and other supporters of House Bill 1100 released the following statements in response to Governor Wolf’s veto message on House Bill 1100, the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit bill.
“While I believe one hundred percent of the Commonwealth’s attention at this perilous moment must be directed toward the COVID-19 emergency response, I must strongly disagree with Governor Wolf’s decision to veto House Bill 1100,” said State Senator John Yudichak, (I-Carbon/Luzerne).
“The veto of House Bill 1100 places Governor Wolf on the side of anti-job, radical environmentalists who have maliciously misrepresented the facts on this pro-worker, pro-jobs piece of legislation and places the Governor’s policies squarely in opposition to legislation that has the potential to attract thousands of prevailing wage jobs and billions of dollars in private investment to Pennsylvania when we need jobs more than ever,” Senator Yudichak added.
“We will rally as a Commonwealth and beat back the coronavirus pandemic, and when we do it will be time to get Pennsylvanians back to work by overriding Governor Wolf’s veto of House Bill 1100.”
“As Pennsylvania faces economic uncertainty and job loss amid this pandemic, the governor has chosen to veto critical legislation that would have boosted our economy and provided hundreds of family-sustaining jobs,” said Representative Kaufer. “I am disappointed that the governor would turn his back on the opportunity to bring jobs to our region while our communities are suffering immense financial distress. House Bill 1100 provides an opportunity for our state to curb further economic distress – sadly this opportunity was brushed aside.”
Procedurally, the General Assembly has until the end of this legislative session to override the veto of House Bill 1100.
“With just the first two projects, House Bill 1100 would have attracted a billion dollars in upfront capital investment, hundreds of millions of dollars in wages to construct and staff the plants, and more than 3,500 direct, indirect, and induced jobs across northern and northeastern Pennsylvania,” said David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “This manufacturing industry — and the value it brings — could be the foundation of an entirely new economy, one that would provide family-sustaining jobs for generations to come. Governor Wolf’s veto of House Bill 1100 forfeits that future.”
“House Bill 1100 spurs the exact growth our country is in desperate need of at this very critical moment in our history,” said Warren F. Faust, President, Northeast Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council. “House Bill 1100 would promote manufacturing products from resources readily available right here in northeastern Pennsylvania, the very same products we are now currently importing from other countries that could and should be manufactured in the United States.”
Supporters of House Bill 1100 include the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the Pennsylvania Chemical Council, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, the Laborer’s International Union of North America, Penn’s Northeast and many regional Chambers of Commerce in Pennsylvania.
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