Senate Approves Job-Creating Energy Tax Credit Program

HARRISBURG – The Senate approved bipartisan legislation today that could help create thousands of family-sustaining jobs and provide a boost to Pennsylvania’s energy economy, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

House Bill 732 would create the Local Resource Manufacturing Tax Credit Program to add an incentive for manufacturers to invest in Pennsylvania communities. The program would be available to facilities that use dry natural gas to produce fertilizer and other petrochemical products.

Under the program, a business would be required to invest more than $400 million in a Pennsylvania facility and create at least 800 jobs in order to qualify for a tax credit.

The bill would require companies to make a good faith effort to recruit and employ local workers in Pennsylvania. A company would not be eligible for the tax credit until the jobs have already been created.

“This bill holds enormous potential to create thousands of jobs in an industry that is key to Pennsylvania’s economic success,” said Bartolotta, who serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. “The new tax credit program will allow us to harness the strength of our state’s natural resources and create more opportunities for job growth at a time when our communities need it most.”

The program is capped at $6.6 million per facility, and the number of facilities that can receive tax credits is limited to four projects for a maximum total fiscal impact of $26.7 million per year.

The approach of the bill mirrors the Pennsylvania Resource Manufacturing tax credit, which was established during the 2012-13 budget and led to the location of the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Beaver County. Construction of that plant has already created thousands of jobs and is projected to have a long-term economic impact of $6 billion.

The bill was sent back to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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