PA Republican leaders call Shapiro’s energy overhaul plan “another tax on PA’s families”

19 March 2024- Pennsylvania House Republican Leadership held a press conference Monday to call out Gov. Josh Shapiro’s latest energy plan as another tax on Pennsylvania’s families and businesses.

Pennsylvania House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) argued Shapiro’s energy plan will increase energy costs while doing too little to spur on Pennsylvania’s energy economy.

“If Gov. Shapiro really wants to have a conversation about getting stuff done and no longer losing out to Ohio, we are ready to have a conversation about how we can leverage our energy resources into making Pennsylvania a more competitive state,” he said.

“But what that conversation will not, and cannot, include are plans that will increase mandates on producers and consumers while increasing energy costs on Pennsylvania’s families and small businesses through new and higher energy taxes, and that is what the Shapiro energy plan will do.”

House Republican Whip Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) said the energy plan laid out by Shapiro is a continuation of his left-wing environmental agenda that is not rooted in Pennsylvania’s best interests.

“Simply put, the governor is proposing a tax on your utility bills,” O’Neal stated. “This is just another example of the failed tax and spend policies directly contributing to rising costs and out-of-control inflation. Once again, it seems like the governor is more interested in appealing to voters in California than making life better for the people of Pennsylvania.”

House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) hammered Shapiro’s energy plan for the detrimental impact it will have on Pennsylvania’s families.

“The governor’s energy plan is anything but common sense,” he said. “It will hurt jobs, wallets and the environment. Every Pennsylvanian is facing costly utility bills. Unlike our governor, the House Republicans are committed to helping our constituents balance their budgets and thermostats.”