|Posted by communications on October 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM|
NEW FREEDOM (Oct. 24, 2012) - In September, for the first time in nearly 10 years, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was worse than the national rate. State Representative candidate Linda Small calls on her opponent to reverse failed Republican budget choices and cuts to improve the jobs climate for Pennsylvania workers.
For almost all of the years under Gov. Rendell, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was better than the national rate. Under Gov. Corbett and opponent State Rep. Ron Miller (R-93), despite increasing tax breaks and subsidies for corporations and cuts to education and programs to help Pennsylvanians with mental illness and abuse victims, Pennsylvania’s jobless rate increased to 8.2% while the national rate dipped to 7.8%. This unwelcome reversal is a wake-up call to examine the economic data and follow policies which will improve the state’s job picture.
Following the failed Republican policies which led to a near depression under President George W. Bush, Rep. Miller and Gov. Corbett have laid out a red carpet of taxpayer subsidies and tax breaks to the Marcellus Shale Gas industry, shielding them from a severance tax that other major gas drilling states imposed and clearing the way for drilling in residential areas. They have put in place more and more tax cuts of various types for corporations, helping to subsidize corporate profits.
Rep. Miller and Gov. Corbett cut education funding, resulting in 14,000 teacher layoffs in 2011. They have neglected Pennsylvania’s crumbling roads and bridges, costing up to 90,000 valuable jobs as the $3 billion transportation funding gap remains unaddressed. (Every $1 billion in infrastructure spending creates around 30,000 jobs.)
“Pennsylvania’s September unemployment rate of 8.2%, worse than the national unemployment rate for the first time since the early days of Gov. Rendell, is reality calling to my opponent. Cutting education and neglecting funding for roads and bridges hurts job creation. Increasing tax breaks, subsidies and special treatment for corporations like Shell, whose $31 billion profit last year was more than Pennsylvania’s budget, follows President Bush’s failed economic policies which plunged America into a deep recession just four years ago. Job creation is better when everyone pays fair tax rates, there is a fair set of rules for everyone, and when government meets its responsibility to invest in areas like education and transportation.” said Small.
Linda Small, 51, is running for state representative for the 93rd district. She is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) weather forecaster.