City and state Republicans gathered last week outside Republican City Committee headquarters at 3525 Cottman Ave. in Mayfair to express support for Act 13, which created an impact fee for natural gas drillers.
Many Democrats want to replace the impact fee with a severance tax.
Calvin Tucker, a state committeeman and Republican leader of the 22nd Ward, said the fee has helped preserve 1,000 jobs at the Aker Shipyard.
Denise Furey, a state committeewoman and Republican leader of the 46th Ward, said its is “deeply concerning” that Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor, wants to use the severance tax for $4 billion in spending.
Armond James, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, said the impact fee helps create jobs, and he doesn’t want to see proceeds from a severance tax put into the general fund.
Also in attendance was Mike Tomlinson, Republican candidate in the 173rd Legislative District.