|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
This week, I joined some of my colleagues in the House of Representatives at a Capitol news conference to unveil the Energize PA bill package, which is designed to put more Pennsylvania residents to work without imposing new fees or taxes.
The eight bills included in the initiative would re-use abandoned manufacturing sites and streamline the permitting process.
House Bill 1104, which I am sponsoring, would require the Department of Community and Economic Development to establish a registry for abandoned manufacturing sites, listing the contact information of the property’s owner and its current condition.
Many of these sites are brownfields – abandoned properties where redevelopment can be complicated because of ground contamination. But these unused and forgotten sites from the past have great potential as major contributors to Pennsylvania’s economic future.
Other bills in the package include:
- House Bill 1100, which would help large manufacturers using Pennsylvania methane in production.
- House Bill 1101, which would increase the percentage rate cap for net loss deductions, otherwise known as net operating loss, that a business may carry forward.
- House Bill 1102, which would encourage capital investment in Pennsylvania’s natural gas and manufacturing industries.
- House Bill 1103, which would expand Pipeline Investment Program grants.
- House Bill 1105, which would further incentivize businesses to remediate properties that pose health and safety risks to our residents.
- House Bill 1106, which would reform the permitting process, making it conducive, not punitive, toward capital investment.
- House Bill 1107, which would create an independent commission to deal solely with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit process, allowing DEP to focus on enforcing environmental laws.
Through Energize PA, we want to dust the rust off our part of the Rust Belt, and say, “Welcome to Pennsylvania, we’re open for business.”
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office