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Hillary Clinton: Wrong For Pennsylvania

- June 13, 2016

Clinton's Promise To Double Down On Obama's Economic Policies, Further Regulate Pennsylvania's Energy Industry, And Defend The Financial Burden Created By ObamaCare, Is Wrong For The Keystone State

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, Clinton brings her campaign for Obama's 3rd term to Pittsburgh, where she will promise to double-down on the failed policies of the Clinton-Obama economy, share her job-killing liberal energy agenda, and publicly take credit for the financial burden ObamaCare has put on Pennsylvanians.
  • Clinton gives the Obama economy an "A" grade, but under this administration Pennsylvanians are making less money, more Pennsylvanians are living in poverty, more are reliant on food stamps, and less are able to own their own home.
  • Under Clinton-Obama economic policies, not a single county in Pennsylvania has recovered from the recession and the Pennsylvania unemployment rate remains higher than the national average.
  • Despite the thousands of jobs and billions in economic growth fracking has brought to Pennsylvania, Clinton is hostile to the practice.
  • Clinton's promise to "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business" will further damage Pennsylvania's coal industry, which has already see a dozen coal-fired plants close since Obama's implementation of the Mercury Emissions Rules.
  • Even though Pennsylvanians feel that skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles pose a "great financial burden," Clinton vows to defend ObamaCare and even takes credit for the law.

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Today, Clinton Will Hold A Campaign Rally In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Where She Will Attempt To Sell Pennsylvanians Four More Years Of Failed Liberal Policies. "Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will campaign in Pittsburgh on Tuesday at the IBEW Local No. 5 Circuit Center, 5 Hot Metal St. on the South Side. The event is open to public, but RSVP is requested at hillaryclinton.com. Clinton is scheduled to begin speaking at 12:15 p.m. Doors open at 10:15 a.m." ("Clinton Campaign Release Details Of Tuesday Visit," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 6/11/16)

DESPITE PENNSYLVANIA'S ECONOMIC REALITY, CLINTON GIVES THE OBAMA ECONOMY AN "A" GRADE AND PLANS TO DOUBLE DOWN ON HIS FAILED POLICIES

In An Interview With The Boston Globe, Clinton Gave The Obama Administration An "A" For Its Overall Performance, Adding "I Don't Think He Gets The Credit He Deserves For Saving Our Economy." CLINTON: "I'd give him an 'A.' I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from falling into a great depression, for saving the auto industry which represents millions of jobs up and down the supply chain, for beginning the crackdown on Wall Street abuses with Dodd-Frank, for getting the Affordable Care Act passed, for really being as responsive as he could possibly be given the obstructionism that he faced with the Republicans in Congress." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With The Boston Globe, 10/17/15)

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Pennsylvanians Are Making Less Money Under Obama

During The Obama Administration, Median Household Income In Pennsylvania Has Fallen $1,348, From $56,521 In 2008 To $55,173 In 2014. (Census, Accessed 9/16/15)

More Pennsylvanians Are Living In Poverty Under Obama

Under Obama, The Poverty Rate In Pennsylvania Has Increased By 1.5 Percentage Points, From 11.0 Percent In 2008 To 12.5 Percent In 2014. (Census, Accessed 9/16/15)

  • Under Obama, 246,000 More People In Pennsylvania Have Fallen Into Poverty, An Increase Of 18.4 Percent. (Census, Accessed 9/16/15)

Poverty Rates In 23 Cities In Pennsylvania Increased Between 2009 And 2014. "Median household income and median home values experienced statistically significant growth in only two cities from 2005-2009 to 2010-2014, while statistically significant declines occurred in 13 and 19 cities, respectively. The news for poverty rates was worse. Only one city showed statistically significant improvement, while 23 cities reported statistically significant increases in poverty rates." ("Study Shows Increase In Poverty Rates Here," The Express, 12/9/15)

  • Only One City In Pennsylvania Has Reported An Improved Poverty Rate During The Obama Administration. "The news for poverty rates was worse. Only one city showed statistically significant improvement, while 23 cities reported statistically significant increases in poverty rates." ("Study Shows Increase In Poverty Rates Here," The Express, 12/9/15)

More Pennsylvanians Are Living Off Of Food Stamps Under Obama

Under Obama, The Number Of People In Pennsylvania Receiving Food Stamps Has Increased By 44 Percent, From 1,299,743 In January 2009 To 1,870,344 In January 2016. (USDA Food And Nutrition Service, Accessed 5/10/16)

Between 2009 And 2014, Thirty-Eight Cities In Pennsylvania Reported Significant Increases In The Number Of People Receiving Food Stamps. "Between 2010-2014 and the previous five-year period, 38 cities in the state reported significant changes - all increases - in the number of people receiving food stamps/SNAP benefits." ("Study Shows Increase In Poverty Rates Here," The Express, 12/9/15)

Due To Increased Requests A Three-Month Limit On Assistance For Unemployed Or Underemployed Adults Without Children Or Disabilities Had To Be Implemented In Pennsylvania. "About 30,000 people in Pennsylvania could lose their food stamp benefits early next year - about 8,000 of them in Allegheny County - due to the return of a three-month limit on assistance for unemployed or underemployed adults ages 18 to 50 who aren't disabled or raising minor children." (Kate Giammarise, "Jobless Rate Puts Some At Risk For Food Stamps In Pa." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 11/2/15)

Less Pennsylvanians Own Their Own Homes Under Obama

Under Obama, The Home Ownership Rate In Pennsylvania Has Fallen 3.3 Percentage Points. (Census, Accessed 5/11/16)

Philadelphia's Rental Population Is Growing Rapidly As Home Ownership Declines. "A longtime bastion of urban homeownership, renters are still in the minority in Philadelphia. But probably not for too much longer. In fact, Philadelphia's rental population grew 28 percent between 2006 and 2013, the biggest gain of all 11 cities the Furman Center examined." (Patrick Kerkstra, "Urban Homeownership Is Dying Away," Philly Mag, 2/11/15)

Pennsylvania Has Failed To Recover From The Recession Under The Clinton-Obama Economy

According To A Study By The National Association Of Counties, 0 Of Pennsylvania's 67 Counties Have "Fully Recovered" From The Recession. ("County Economies 2015," National Association Of Counties, Accessed 5/11/16)

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Headline: "Western Pa. Still Not Fully Recovered From Great Recession." (Chris Fleisher, "Western Pa. Still Not Fully Recovered From Great Recession," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , 1/12/16)

Pennsylvania's Unemployment Rate Is Higher Than The National Unemployment Rate

In April, Pennsylvania's Unemployment Rate Was 5.3 Percent. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/24/16)

Pennsylvania Has Lost 47,000 Manufacturing Jobs Under Obama

Under Obama, Pennsylvania Has Lost 47,000 Manufacturing Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/10/16)

Pennsylvania Has Lost 5,000 Construction Jobs Under Obama

Under Obama, Pennsylvania Has Lost 5,000 Construction Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 5/10/16)

CLINTON'S ECONOMIC AGENDA PROMISES TO "MAKE IT JUST A BIT WORSE"

The Wall Street Journal's James Freeman: "For Everyone Dissatisfied With The Obama Economy, The Clinton Agenda Promises To Make It Just A Bit Worse." "And although the Clinton tax hikes are ostensibly targeting the rich, with proposed changes such as a new surtax on high incomes and a Buffett Rule that sets a minimum tax rate on high earners, the Tax Foundation projects a decline of at least 0.9% in after-tax incomes for all taxpayers due to slower growth. So for everyone dissatisfied with the Obama economy, the Clinton agenda promises to make it just a bit worse." (James Freeman, "Hillary's $191 Billion Tax Increase," The Wall Street Journal. 1/26/16)

Clinton's Harmful Economic Agenda Will Shrink Pennsylvania's Economy, Lower Pennsylvanian's Wages And Cost Pennsylvania Jobs

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton's Tax Proposals Would "Reduce The Economy's Size By 1 Percent." "According to the Tax Foundation's Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton's tax plan would reduce the economy's size by 1 percent in the long run." (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, "Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton's Tax Proposals,"Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton's Tax Proposals Would Result In "311,000 Fewer Full-Time Equivalent Jobs." "According to the Tax Foundation's Taxes and Growth Model, Hillary Clinton's tax plan would reduce the economy's size by 1 percent in the long run. The plan would lead to 0.8 percent lower wages, a 2.8 percent smaller capital stock, and 311,000 fewer full-time equivalent jobs. The smaller economy results from somewhat higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor income." (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, "Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton's Tax Proposals," Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

According To Analysis By The Tax Foundation, Clinton's Tax Proposals Would "Lead To 0.8 Percent Lower Wages. "The plan would lead to 0.8 percent lower wages, a 2.8 percent smaller capital stock, and 311,000 fewer full-time equivalent jobs. The smaller economy results from somewhat higher marginal tax rates on capital and labor income." (Kyle Pomerleau and Michael Schuyler, "Details And Analysis Of Hillary Clinton's Tax Proposals," Tax Foundation, 1/26/16)

CLINTON WANTS TO BAN FRACKING, DESPITE THE BENEFITS IT HAS BROUGHT TO PENNSYLVANIA

Clinton Has Promised That Under Her Presidency There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place"

During A March 2016 Democrat Debate, Clinton Said Fracking Was "Not Sufficiently Regulated," And Under A Clinton Presidency, There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place." CLINTON: "So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that's the best approach, because right now, there are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. So first, we've got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

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The Fracking Boom In Pennsylvania Has Created Jobs And Benefitted The State's Economy

Pennsylvania Is The Nation's Second Largest Natural Gas Producer And Has The Second Largest Amount Of Proven Gas Reserves. "Natural gas output exceeded 4 trillion cubic feet in 2014 and made the state the second largest natural gas producer in the nation after Texas. Pennsylvania is also second only to Texas in estimates of proved natural gas reserves, which quadrupled from 2010 to 2013." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 5/21/15)

According To The Pennsylvania Department Of Labor And Industry, In 2015 There Were More Than 72,000 Jobs In Pennsylvania That Directly Relied Upon The Natural Gas Industry. "The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released newly calculated Marcellus Shale job numbers, finding that as of the second quarter of 2015, there were an estimated 72,675 people in Pennsylvania employed either in natural gas extraction development, by suppliers to the industry, or at companies that provide goods and services to the industry's employees." ("Marcellus Shale Update," Pennsylvania Department Of Labor And Industry , 2015)

An IHS Study Found That The Shale Industry Added More Than $14 Billion To Pennsylvania's Economy In 2012, And Projected The Industry To Add Over $49 Billion In The State By 2035. ("America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy Volume 2: State Economic Contributions," IHS, 12/12)

The Fracking Boom Has Benefitted Pennsylvania Households, Reducing Energy Bills And Consumer Prices In The State

According To The U.S. Energy Information Administration, Half Of Pennsylvania Households Use Natural Gas As The Primary Heat Source For Their Homes. "Natural gas (38%) provides heat to more Pennsylvania homes than any other fuel, but electricity (29%), fuel oil (20%), and propane (9%) are also widely used in the state, according to EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 4/21/16)

The Average Price Of Natural Gas For Households In Pennsylvania Fell By More Than 25 Percent From 2008 To 2014. ("Pennsylvania Price Of Natural Gas Delivered To Residential Consumers," U.S. Energy Information Administration, Accessed 5/13/16)

According To Research From The Brookings Institution, The Fracking Boom And Increased U.S. Natural Gas Production Has Provided $220 In Benefits To The Average Pennsylvania Consumer. (Catherine Hausman and Ryan Kellogg, "Welfare And Distributional Implications Of Shale Gas," The Brookings Institute, 3/19/15)

THE CLINTON-OBAMA WAR ON COAL WILL FURTHER HARM PENNSYLVANIA'S COAL INDUSTRY

Clinton Has Promised To "Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business" In Her Plans To Move Away From Coal-Produced Energy

At A March 2016 Debate, Clinton Discussed Her Coal Communities Plan, Saying It Was Needed Because "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "So for example, I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim? And we're going to make it clear that we don't want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories. Now we've got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don't want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Candidate Town Hall , 3/13/16)

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During A November 2015 "Environmentalists For Hillary" Event, Clinton Said "We Have To Move Away From Coal. Everybody Understands That, There Is No Doubt About It." CLINTON: "I also want to say a special word about coal. We have to move away from coal. Everybody understands that. There's no doubt about it." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At An Environmentalists For Hillary Event, Nashua, NH, 11/9/15)

Pennsylvania Relies On Coal For Its Electricity Production And Consumption

Pennsylvania Is Also "A Major Consumer Of Coal" And "Among The Nation's Leading Coal Exporters." "Pennsylvania is not only a major producer of coal, it is also among the nation's major coal consumers. Most coal used in the state is burned for electricity generation, but a small portion is consumed for steelmaking and other industrial uses. Large volumes of coal are moved by rail, barge, and truck, into and out of Pennsylvania and around the state. About two-thirds of Pennsylvania-mined coal is used in the United States for electricity generation, about half in-state and half in other states throughout the East and Midwest. Pennsylvania electricity generators and industries bring in nearly half of the coal they consume from nearby states. In recent years, more than 20% of the coal mined in Pennsylvania has been exported to other nations. The state is among the nation's leading coal exporters." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 5/21/15)

Coal Is The Number One Source Of Electricity In The State, Being Used To Generate More Than A Third Of Pennsylvania's Electricity In 2014. "In 2014, Pennsylvania ranked second in the nation in electricity generation from nuclear power. The state obtained 35.5% of its net electricity generation from nuclear power, nearly as much as the 36.1% obtained from coal." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, Accessed 5/13/16)

Obama's EPA Rules Have Forced The Closure Of More Than A Dozen Of Pennsylvania's Coal-Powered Plants

Many Pennsylvania Coal Plants Have Been Shuttered Because Of The EPA's 2011 Mercury Emissions Rules. "But not every plant owner is willing to plunk down big money to keep pace with the EPA's new air rules. In 2013, FirstEnergy announced it would close the Hatfield's Ferry and Mitchell power plants near Pittsburgh. Stephanie Walton, a spokesperson for FirstEnergy, says the cost of compliance with MATS became too much-especially since the plants were already struggling to compete with electricity generated from cheap natural gas and a sluggish power market. 'The plants were both losing money,' she says. 'And that was a result of-at the time-current and projected economic conditions [of] low-cost electricity and low demand for electricity.'" (Reid Frazier, "Federal Air Rules Force Coal Plants To Clean Up Or Shut Down," WITF and WHYY, 9/15/15)

  • "Since The EPA Issued Its Emission Rules In 2011, A Dozen Coal-Fired Plants Have Been Closed In Pennsylvania." (Chris Mondics, "Supreme Court Blocks Power-Plant Pollution Rules," The Philadelphia Inquirer , 7/1/16)

Ranking 4th In The Nation In Coal Production, Pennsylvania Has Rejected Clinton's Pledge To Continue Obama's War On Coal

According To The U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania Is The Fourth Largest Coal Producing State In The Country. ("Rankings: Coal Production, 2013 (Thousand Short Tons)," U.S. Energy Information Administration, Accessed 5/12/16)

Pennsylvania Coal Workers Have Rejected A Key Plank Of Clinton's Coal Plan, Saying They Want Fair Regulation, Not "New Jobs That Pay Half Of Our Current Salaries." "Clinton's proposals includes money for retraining coal miners to work in other industries. But the other jobs those miners might be able to get in their communities typically pay far less, said Abby Foster, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, an industry group. The group's members have generally opposed retraining programs like that, she added. 'We do not want federal money to fund training for new jobs that pay half of our current salaries,' John Stilley, the president of Amerikohl Mining in Butler, Pa., testified at a state government hearing last month. 'We want fair regulations so investors will continue to fund research and development.'" (Darren Goode, "Clinton's Coal Aid Plan Leaves Critics Cold," Politico, 11/12/15)

OBAMACARE IS FAILING PENNSYLVANIANS, BUT CLINTON PROMISES TO DEFEND THE LAW AND TAKES CREDIT FOR ITS CREATION

Clinton Claims That ObamaCare Is Based On The Failed Healthcare Program She Created During Her Husband's Administration

Clinton: "Before It Was Called ObamaCare, It Was Called Hillarycare." CLINTON: "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called Hillarycare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

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Clinton's Campaign Promises To "Defend The Affordable Care Act And Build On It." "Hillary will: Defend the Affordable Care Act and build on it to slow the growth of out-of-pocket costs." ( Hillary For America, Accessed 4/21/16)

Pennsylvania Health Insurers Are Requesting An Average Health Insurance Premium Increase Of 23.6 Percent For 2017

Health Insurers In Pennsylvania Have Requested An Average 23.6 Percent Increase For Individual Plans And 7.9 Percent For Small Group Plans. "The Pennsylvania Insurance Department says the proposed premium increases requested by all health insurers doing business in the state average 23.6 percent for individual plans and 7.9 percent for small group plans. The proposal just became publicly available." (David Wenner, "New Obamacare Premium Proposals Threaten Sticker Shock In Pa." Penn Live, 5/25/16)

In 2016, The Average Deductible Rose $254 In Pennsylvania Creating A Significant Financial Burden For Families

In 2016, Health Insurance Premiums Rose An Average Of $254 In Pennsylvania. ("2016 Obamacare Deductible Increase Tracker," Freedom Partners, 3/2/16)

"Among Pennsylvanians With Insurance, 21% Reported That Deductibles And 18% Reported That Premiums Posed The Greatest Financial Burden." "Over half (52%) of Pennsylvanians surveyed reported that it was very or somewhat difficult for their family to afford health care, versus 42% in the U.S. overall. Among Pennsylvanians with insurance, 21% reported that deductibles and 18% reported that premiums posed the greatest financial burden." ("The Pennsylvania Health Care Landscape," Kasier Family Foundation , 4/25/16)

The High Costs Associated With Administering Healthcare To Participants In The ObamaCare Market Is Causing Insurers To Leave Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Announced That UnitedHealth Will No Longer Offer Their Plans On The ObamaCare Exchange. "More than 12 state regulators have said UnitedHealth's main insurance arm will stop offering ACA exchange plans in their states next year. Tuesday, insurance regulators in Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Nebraska said they had been informed the company would withdraw in 2017, added to earlier disclosures by Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas. A few states have also disclosed that UnitedHealth will remain in their exchanges next year-so far, this includes Nevada and Virginia." (Anna Mathews, "UnitedHealth Tops Expectations, To Leave Some Affordable Care Act Markets," The Wall Street Journal, 4/19/16)


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