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Senator Yudichak Applauds Passage of HB 1100

2/4/20 – Energize PA (HB 1100)

Last week, I offered an amendment to House Bill 1100 (Kaufer), which establishes an Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit to foster the development and construction of new petrochemical and fertilizer manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania. The amended version of House Bill 1100 passed the Senate by a vote of 39-11 and the House concurred with the Senate amendment by a vote of 157-35. The bill will be sent to Governor Wolf for his consideration.

The tax credit is similar to the Pennsylvania Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit program that has leveraged $6 billion in private investment in the Shell Cracker plant that has created 6,000 new jobs in Beaver County.

House Bill 1100 is a bipartisan bill that takes advantage of Pennsylvania’s abundance of natural gas and uses proven economic incentives to attract manufacturing companies to build world class petrochemical facilities in northeastern Pennsylvania. We have a proven tax credit model that has worked in western Pennsylvania, it’s time we deploy these same economic incentives in northeastern Pennsylvania that will help us attract historic private investment in our communities and create thousands of family sustaining, prevailing wage construction trade jobs.

As amended, House Bill 1100 would require companies to make the following investments in Pennsylvania:

  • A capital investment of at least $450 million to construct the facility and place it into service.
  • Creation of at least 800 full-time jobs (construction and/or permanent jobs).
  • Payment of prevailing wage on any construction, reconstruction, demolition, alteration or maintenance of the facility.
  • A company must make a good faith effort to employ local construction workers.
  • A company must purchase and use Pennsylvania natural gas to produce a Pennsylvania manufactured petrochemical product.

Governor Wolf’s 2020-2021 Budget Proposal

On Tuesday, I joined colleagues in a joint session of the General Assembly for the unveiling of Governor Wolf’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.

Governor Wolf began the budget conversation by acknowledging the communities of Luzerne County will be hurt by the closure of SCI Retreat and White Haven Center. The proposal of a $5 million state grant fund to assist communities negatively impacted by the closure of a state facility is a good first step, but much more needs to be done in this budget to help Luzerne County recover from the loss of $100 million in annual economic impact and more than 800 jobs.

As budget negotiations begin, I will work to ensure the people of northeastern Pennsylvania are at the budget table and push for a final budget that does more to invest in the people and communities of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Community Recovery and Reinvestment Legislation

1/31/20 – Community Recovery Reinvestment Legislation

The closures of SCI Retreat and White Haven are already having a negative economic impact in Luzerne County. The Commonwealth needs to help these communities invest in a long term economic recovery strategy.

I will be introducing legislation with Senators Baker, Boscola, Brooks, Gordner and Hutchinson that will supply resources to impacted communities that are dealing with the effects of a state facility closure, like what is occurring in Luzerne County.


2/5/20 – Recognizing PA’s Class AAA Football Champs – The Wyoming Area Warriors

Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Wyoming Area Warriors Football Team to the PA Capitol. The Warriors won their first ever PIAA Class AAA championship in December. Congrats!

12/18/19 – Introduction of Wyoming Valley West HS Field Hockey Team

It was great to visit with the Wyoming Valley West Spartans Field Hockey Team at the PA Capitol in December. The Spartans won the 2019 PIAA Class AA State Championship. Congrats!

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