Madden: Telephone Town Hall poll shows support for natural gas tax

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today said a poll during her Thursday Telephone Town Hall shows respondents favor placing taxes on natural gas drilling, while a majority believes the funding generated should be used to reduce property taxes for Pennsylvania residents.

“Participants reinforced what I have said for a long time – natural gas drillers should be required to pay the same taxes in Pennsylvania that they pay in other states,” Madden said. “Corporations continue to rake in profits from their work in natural gas drilling while Pennsylvania residents are forced to foot the bill. By taxing these drillers, Pennsylvania would be able to reduce property tax burdens on hardworking families.”

When asked about solutions to school violence and ways to ensure children are safe at school, 41 percent believe in expanding access to mental health resources and counseling for at-risk youth, while 28 percent reported investing in resource officers.

“Conversations on school safety and understanding how we can protect our children are tough, but extremely necessary,” Madden said. “Providing students with mental health and counseling services while also placing resource officers in schools are the first steps to taking on this epidemic. There is still a great deal to do, and I will continue to advocate for stronger universal background checks and bans on bump stocks.”

When asked about best ways to improve job prospects in the Stroudsburg area, respondents supported investing in job training for adults, easing practices to join a union and increasing tax credits for employers.

Constituents from around Monroe County tuned in to the hour-long town hall and asked questions about strengthening unions, protecting senior citizens against fraud, regulating water quality and improving internet capabilities.