In 2004, I started RHL in Susquehanna County, with just one employee. Today, 11 years later, my business has grown considerably and now offers everything from land clearing and hydroseeding, to erosion control and custom grinding.
My company directly affects the local economy too; this year alone we spent over $5 million on regional suppliers and vendors. And my financial success has allowed us the opportunity to donate $25,000 to local charities, schools, and youth, & sport programs, something I could only dream of doing in my early days.
The outlook for the remainder of 2015 and the future for my company is taking a down turn, as it is for many of the businesses servicing the natural gas industry. If the slow continues, I will need to regress into my original business of timber harvesting, firewood, & local excavating. This change will most likely force a reduction in my workforce and restrict the revenue that we are able to pass on to equipment dealers, parts stores, etc.
All in all I believe we need to create a brighter future for our youth, including my own children. I believe creating and keeping jobs in Pennsylvania with a variety of skill levels and opportunity is the key to accomplishing this. Should a severance tax pass and the lull in the natural gas industry continue I fear this brighter future for our youth will be found in another state!
Keep Pennsylvania competitive for the companies who will employ our future generations, say no to a severance tax.