Bret Binder (D) Urges Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling on ACT 13

Bret Binder Calls for the Supreme Court to Uphold Ruling on ACT 13. Calls for Stronger Environmental Regulation and for Gas Drillers to Pay Their Fair Share.

West Chester, PA –The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on October 17 on an appeal of the Commonwealth Court decision that overturned ACT 13’s limitation of local zoning control state wide. Act 13 was passed by the legislature earlier this year despite the outcries of environmental groups and was considered to be one of the most gas and oil company friendly laws in the nation. Among the main giveaways to gas and oil companies was the elimination of local township oversight through zoning ordinances to decide where drilling could occur.  Speaking to supporters, Bret Binder, Democratic Party Candidate for the 156th District State House race, stated, “We must insure that our local government, our townships and municipalities, have the ability to protect our environment.”

Environmental groups, such as Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, and Conversation Voters of PA, castigated the passing of ACT 13. Joe Nye, Program Organizer for the nationally acclaimed environmental group Clean Water Action, stated, “The passage of Act 13 did a real injustice to Pennsylvania's citizens.  It put our drinking water supplies and our communities' health at risk for the sake of creating larger profits for the oil industry. The legislators who voted for the passage of Act 13 must be held accountable for their decision to take away local zoning rights from municipalities in Pennsylvania.” Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, voiced similar sentiments stating, “Act 13 is one of the worst pieces of environmental legislation to be passed in Pennsylvania and speaks volumes about whose interests the majority of the Legislature and the Governor are protecting.”

Following Act 13’s passage seven municipalities sued and prevailed when the PA Commonwealth Court ruled that the legislature’s attempt to override local zoning control was unconstitutional.  Binder stated that “Overturning this unconstitutional portion of the bill was an important victory for Pennsylvanians. I believe that Act 13 needs to be re-drafted to include stronger environmental oversight and fair taxation of the gas companies.  I hope that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will uphold the ruling of the Commonwealth Court.”

Bret Binder’s opposition, Republican Dan Truitt, disagreed that ACT 13 was a giveaway to the gas and oil industry. Truitt’s campaign has issued statements that Truitt was “Making gas drillers pay” and that by passing “a new law” Truitt had “implement[ed] environmental oversight that is among the toughest in the nation.” In a response to reporters, Bret Binder argued that his opponent is misleading our community, “His ‘environmental impact fee’ is an effective taxation of approximately 1% when we need to be taxing at a rate of 6-9%, in line with the national average.  Our failure to fairly tax gas and oil companies is costing Pennsylvania approximately $400 million per year in revenue. When I debated my opponent on this issue he argued that 1% was high enough and he was willing to settle for a quarter loaf.  I’m not willing to settle for less than what I believe is right and will fight for the full loaf.  We must make these special interests pay their fair share and we must protect our environment.”

Josh McNeil of Conservation Voters said “Representative Truitt put the interests of his constituents aside in order to follow the orders of Governor Corbett and the gas industry lobbyists.” Brady Russell of Clean Water Action said that his organization “urges its members to come out and vote for change in representation and support Bret Binder.”

Binder has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and Conservation Voters. 

For Additional information, please contact:

Mike Leibowitz, Campaign Press Assistant

803 West Market Street

West Chester, PA 19382





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Straight Shooter October 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Binder is farther from reality than I thought. 6-9%? Why do liberals insist on acting as if this Marcellus Shale tax exists in a vacuum? This is one tax on top of MANY taxes, most notably the Corporate Net Income Tax. That tax is one of the highest in the nation. This doesn't include other taxes on the state level as well as federal and local. It becomes less and less attractive for drilling companies to set up shop in the Commonwealth. Now if we want to lower the Corporate Net Income than maybe lets talk about implementing a higher impact fee. On top of all of this, lets not forget that almost HALF the rigs that were present in this state left after the impact fee was implemented. This is because our quality of gas isn't as good as some neighboring states. When you couple the impact fee with the Corporate Net Income Tax its not worth it. This is all easily accessible information but Binder's whole campaign is based on "Lets raise the Marcellus Shale tax and use it to pay for everything." It's not an adult conversation. How did he get past the primary again?
Bored in WC October 20, 2012 at 02:03 AM
He almost didn't get past the primary-he squeaked by with only a couple of percentage points. Cassandra would have been a better choice for the democrats to run. At least she does her civic duty & votes. She also has real world experience with local government & gets how budgets work & how taxes fit into the scheme of things. She also has first hand experience with seeing how damaging higher taxes translates into businesses leaving the borough. Same problem, different scale. Plus Cassandra would still be in the district-can't say the same about Binder.
busboy October 20, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Curved shooter, do you not do any research at all? You would realize: (1) Where are the gas companies going to go? To another state with a roughly 6-9% severance tax? Ya your right they are going to flee the state to another state with the same rate of taxation simply on the basis of a higher tax rate in PA (sounds like a super sound argument); (2) The quality of gas is the reason they are leaving? The reason they are leaving, as every economist has cited, is because the price of oil is skyrocketing, while the price of gas has stagnated. The rigs are not just leaving PA, but any place where there is gas drilling in favor of the oil drilling. This is a fact. Do a modicum level of research and you will agree (but you probably won't because you like to disagree on principle) ; (3) Labeling everyone as a liberal who wants to raise taxation rates to necessary levels to insure a balanced and well equipped budget is short cited. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFZ8h2ygIcg. One of your conservative gods seems to disagree with you. And finally to respond to your last idiotic remark: How did he get past the primary? Perhaps you don't realize that there is something called voting. People go to their respective polling locations (that's where they vote) and they vote. Startling realization for you I'm sure. Compared to Truitt, Binder is a superior candidate.
Steve Maher October 20, 2012 at 09:31 PM
First, Dan Truitt voted to cut education funding for the West Chester Area School District that lead to a 1.7% property tax increase. Now he co-sponsored a bill that allows the oil and gas companies to control what our local municipalities can or cannot do. How many times is Dan Truitt going to throw the residents of the 156th district under the bus? Its time for Dan to go!
Straight Shooter October 22, 2012 at 02:11 PM
O busboy, your comebacks mirror that of a angry 12 year old. No need for the back and forth but I will say your facts are INCORRECT. And of course I understand the voting process. If you couldn't sense my sarcasm than perhaps you really are an angry child. Get some thick skin if you want to be commenting on politics. And the only thing Mr. Binder seems to be superior in is NOT participating in the democratic process every six months. All I'm asking is that he propose other ways to spend millions of dollars more besides taxing marcellus shale. Not too much to ask from a man who is an educated lawyer is it?
Star Thrower November 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Maher, are you Bret's gay lover? Binder needs to come out and join http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/ ... calling for complete drilling cessation in northeastern PA and New York .. before our groundwater and aquifers are destroyed as have been in Western PA.
Cathy Binder November 03, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Do we need to be throwing slurs? Can you express any opinion Star without being ugly about it?
Star Thrower November 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
7dPrinceton .. what is the slur you speak of .. being gay, or joining delawareriverkeeper?
Cathy Binder November 03, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Who or what is Princeton? And you are about as low as they come. Your verbiage in responses for all your supposed "high level of intellect" continues to prove how low level you are. Do you know that hate and venom will reduce your life expectancy. By all you post you seem to have a weird obsession with sex and sexual preference. I suggest serious counseling - I think many have. Time to listen.
Cathy Binder November 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
okay, now I get it. So, pray tell why would I use a different log on here than there? You make zero sense pal, zero. Forgive my being dense. Must come from that sense of self importance. Get out from the computer, talk to real people, living real lives, with real problems. You may actually learn something and enjoy the world. From what I see you are a very sad and lonely person with a pessimistic view of all.
Star Thrower November 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
"pal" is a word used in rebuttals to me in the past only by 7dPrinceton a self described union member and teacher in WCASD - I can post comments and links proving that fact. EDIT: so which is it that you have declared as a slur, looks to me it is the word gay. and you must be completely rattled to refer to me as "Pal" .. Princeton lol did you just ask who or what is Princeton after admitting on another post minutes ago that you have read her name in the Daily Times? Too funny !!!
RoxyD November 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thrower uses hate speech, ugliness, bullying and bigotry under a pseudonym and has the nerve to pass judgement on others. Brings a lot a validity to her arguments. Oh wait, perhaps another one of her alter-egos will come try to defend her. Sad and pathetic. Must be hiding for some reason...
Cathy Binder November 03, 2012 at 08:32 PM
How true, now words used commonly in the English language make one multiple people. This person is really too much. I only wish I knew who Princeton was. But I what I do know from reading the Local and Daily Times for many years and following the blogs that our poster Star has been around awhile. This is a normal procedure - whenever multiple people disagree with him, that can't be - they all become one. That is true paranoia. Hey the company I work for makes really good medication for that. Can you guess what the illness is?
Star Thrower November 03, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Since you claim ignorance of being, or knowing Princeton, please explain how you can read the Daily Times and not know Princeton when Princeton has over 800 comments and I have 1/10 of that ... all of which are on Princeton's blogs Lets hear also how you know from reading how Star has been around awhile .. lol
Star Thrower November 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Binder Pic http://tinyurl.com/clt63sa
Cathy Binder November 04, 2012 at 01:04 AM
How I know is that you used the name "Little" for quite some time "pal" "buddy" etc. whatever euphemism that I am sure somebody somewhere used with you along the line - which will make me them. I know it was you, it was the same nonsense about cyber schools, teachers unions, criminal acts of the unions and legislatures, blah, blah ,blah. I have been reading your nonsense for years. I can recall when you were somebody referred to as African Pride. Just because I do not post on the Daily Local or the Delco Times which I also read or the Inquirer does not mean I do not follow the commentary. I am familiar with the regulars who do post. Most are mainly humorous, some have some valid points, some are entertaining, but most are not as hateful and as scary as you - so you do stand out in terms of your rhetoric, not hard to spot. . Prove me wrong pal - now that is what I will call you all the time. You know you are Little, I know you are Little under a different name. Be man or woman enough to admit it. You are too cowardly too. And the posting of the silly pictures, which I won't lower myself to even open the link - and old LIttle trick. Seems that was what finally got you kicked off the Local once before was it not. People besides those who post do read the paper buddy. Why would you believe otherwise?
Star Thrower November 05, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Oh boy .. you came back with a real snootful in you Saturday night, didn't you ... hard to believe you would post your customary weekend alcoholic hallucinations (yes I have proof) and then say "prove me wrong" Does that mean I can say, "You are personally enabling Teacher/Student sexual abuse" ... prove me wrong? Not Really, I would need to have proof myself, and not be acting like a fool, making babbling hallucinatory accusations ... Binder/Princeton, you appear to have "multiple personality disorder" get help here: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/split-personality-disorder-test.html GOOSEFRABA ... Say it before you go to school today ... you too parrot.


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