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Solobay Joins Business, Labor Groups to Back Shell Deal
On June 20, 2012
HARRISBURG – June 20, 2012 – State Sen. Tim Solobay today joined more than 30 representatives of government, labor and business who crowded the stage in the Capitol Media Center today in support of tax breaks needed lure a Shell Chemical ethane “cracker” plant to Beaver County.
Solobay was joined by Gov. Tom Corbett, state Sens. John Wozniak and Elder Vogel, along with state labor leaders and business groups for what speakers repeatedly called a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to create a new industry in Pennsylvania.
“We continually hear from folks that we need jobs, we need low taxes and we need (low-cost) energy,” Solobay said. “This will accomplish all three.”
Since details of Pennsylvania’s offer of $1.7 billion in tax credits over 25 years emerged in published accounts, supporters of the deal have defended its cost and pressed for the legislature’s approval before the summer recess.
Solobay compared the Shell opportunity with Pennsylvania’s tax credit aimed at the motion picture industry, which led to a boom in movie production in the state.
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“That made us the Hollywood of the East and this could make us the Energy Capital of the East,” he said.
The news conference included a rare coalition of business and labor groups supporting the effort to close the deal with Shell.
Representatives of Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association and the state Chamber of Commerce joined United Steelworkers and Pennsylvania State Building Trades officials in urging quick legislative action on legislation that would put the tax credits in place starting in 2017.
Both labor and industry leaders say Shell’s Beaver County proposal will create 10,000 construction jobs along with 500 permanent jobs and 10,000 jobs in spin-off industries. It could also create a petrochemical hub that would attract a growing number of similar proposals.