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Marcellus Shale Tax Credit Offered By White Defeated

'Today we blew a golden opportunity to procure jobs for PA workers in the energy industry. Where are our priorities?' state Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil said Tuesday.

A Washington County lawmaker offered an amendment to a bill Tuesday that would have provided $25 million in tax credits to Marcellus Shale companies that hired 75 percent of its workforce from Pennsylvania—but it was voted down.

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, said Tuesday that the amendment, “which would have shown a real commitment to creating energy industry jobs for Pennsylvanians” was defeated along a party line procedural vote of 105-86.

“So we can give $1.6 billion in tax credits to the foreign corporations in the shale industry, but can't do a $2,500 per job credit for people who actually live, work and play taxes here?” White asked on his Facebook page Tuesday. “Today we blew a golden opportunity to procure jobs for PA workers in the energy industry. Where are our priorities?”

White offered similar legislation in 2010, which died due to lack of legislative action.

Amanda Gillooly October 04, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Come on now. Things are getting chippy. Let's fight nice, please. I don't want to start deleting comments.
Candy DeBerry October 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Jason Parks: You have obviously learned very well the gas company tactic of deflecting the attention from the question by attacking the questioner about issues that are not directly (if at all) related to the question. Take it back to the issue: the gas companies pitched shale gas extraction to PA residents with two main arguments: 1. jobs for PA; and 2. energy security (meaning the gas that was extracted here [in the U.S.] would stay here [in the U.S.]. The jobs aren't adding up. Not in compiled reports of actual employment data, and not in PA residents' everyday experience (for example, seeing the large numbers of vehicles with TX, OK, WY, etc. license plates that have appeared in the last couple of years). Or was this yet another very carefully worded, deliberately misleading statement by the gas companies - "there are more workers in PA, we never actually SAID they would be PA residents"? (The energy security isn't adding up, either.) As for Jesse White, he seems to be asking EXACTLY some of the questions that need to be asked.
Debbie Ziegler Lambert October 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
When comments go off base like they have, the art of conversation is lost. Not every legislator gets to have their bills passed or even thoughtfully considered. Such is life. Placing a number on them does no good. Staying up to date on the facts and always trying to do the best for your constituents is what really matters. For that, Jesse gets a "A" in my book. Please don't debate people like that though, Jesse. You gave him/her your phone number. That they continue to post and not call you speaks for itself and makes them look bad to others. The bottom line in this thread is the lack of jobs for locals. I, for one, don't buy that they are all strung out on drugs and wouldn't be hired anyway. I know some that have applied and would have been good workers. I'm actually glad they didn't get the job and risk exposure to the hazardous chemicals, but that's just my opinion. I happen to like them. It's sad that any proposal put before the legislature falls along party lines. It's like dealing with bullies every day at work. If they can't have it their way, then it's no way. I'm hopeful that the next election takes care of that, but not optimistic because of the complacency of voters. On we go and I know that it must be like fighting a losing battle for Jesse, each and every day, but what matters is that you stay true to your convictions and protect your people. That, I am certain you do!
Jason Parks October 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Yes, I've learned all about deflecting attention from the question by attacking the questioner. I've learned from Mr.White since if go through the last six months of posts on this site, he employs that tactic every time he gets a hard question. And I didn't ask for a debate. I asked for answers. There's a difference. White has been quoted on this site in the past as saying the impact fee wouldn't be effected no matter what. Recently he said because someone followed the law and asked for a review of the townships regulations the impact money would be held up. I've asked twice which one it is. That's not a debate. If white doesnt want to provide answers maybe he should stay off public sites like this. Nevermind that he's happy to keep taking that state paycheck and I'm sure he'll be happy to collect that state pension without any argument but when someone asks him to explain himself he calls them names and hides. I can't be the only one who sees something wrong with that.
Shawn October 05, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I have a misdemeanor and just need a job I can live off of. It is a shame that those who make mistakes and do the penalty are cursed and have no choice but to do almost anything to LIVE. My point is just having the right to survive without doing wrong overrides all this petty political jargon.

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