Working together for good jobs

How often do you see Democrats, Republicans, and Independents working together to make government work for you? How often do you see organized labor and corporations working together to create good paying jobs?

It is rare to find common ground on anything in these divisive times, but political leaders, labor leaders, and leaders of industry are united in their support of House Bill 1100 — legislation that would create the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit to attract companies looking to build manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania.

House Bill 1100 has tough fiscal accountability standards, it requires companies to meet a minimum threshold of investment of $450 million, to create 800 prevailing wage rate construction trade jobs, and to produce a Pennsylvania manufactured product– all before a single dime in tax credits goes to the company. The staggering economic benefit, estimated at well over a billion dollars per plant, leveraged by the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit makes it a good investment for taxpayers and working families.

From an environmental perspective, House Bill 1100 focuses on manufacturing plants that will use “dry” natural gas. Plants that use natural gas synthesis to produce fertilizers and other products are designed to capture the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in their manufacturing process which helps dramatically reduce the facility’s carbon footprint.

Currently, there are at least two companies looking at Pennsylvania, Ohio, and other natural gas producing states to locate facilities. House Bill 1100 will ensure Pennsylvania can compete and win the fight for economic development projects that can transform our manufacturing sector and produce generational economic growth on a significant scale in regions of the Commonwealth, like northeastern Pennsylvania, that are perfectly positioned to attract manufacturing jobs fueled by our abundant and affordable natural gas.

House Bill 1100 passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support in both the House and the Senate, and will soon reach Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. As members of the General Assembly, we are proud to stand with the Pennsylvania Building Trades, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Association, the Pennsylvania Chemical Council, Penn’s Northeast, the Earth Conservancy, and the Marcellus Shale Coalition in urging Governor Wolf to sign HB 1100 into law.

Sen. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne/Carbon, represents the 14th Senatorial District. Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne, represents the 120th Legislative District.