|Posted by communications on February 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM|
NEW FREEDOM (Feb. 10, 2014) - Pennsylvania ranked 48th among states in job creation in 2013. Linda Small, candidate for the PA Senate 28th district special election, reviews her opponent’s contribution to the dismal job performance for the state.
Gov. Corbett and Rep. Ron Miller (R-93) have made corporate support at taxpayer’s expense a cornerstone of their economic program. They rejected a severance tax for Marcellus Shale gas drilling similar to what other states charge and allowed the drillers to pay a very low “impact fee” instead. The 2013-2014 state budget gave last-minute tax breaks to Verizon, Sprint and other well-connected interests. In January, Gov. Corbett announced $30 million in grants to Comcast to build a skyscraper in Philadelphia. The total of tax breaks, subsidies and loopholes given to corporations by Pennsylvanians is $3.9 billion, according to a study by Good Jobs First.
Unfortunately for York County families, this corporate support has not translated into strong job or wage growth. The favored Marcellus Shale gas industry has turned in such poor jobs numbers that Gov. Corbett resorted to wildly padding the numbers to mask the policy failure. The state’s unemployment rate remained above the national average at the end of 2013. A Keystone Research Center report found that wages for low, middle and high income workers have fallen since 2010, despite gains in economic productivity.
“My opponent may have good intentions, but the results of his policies speak for themselves. Too many Pennsylvanian’s can’t go to work because his ideas don’t work,” Small said.
Small proposes stopping the special Wall St. corporate subsidies to bring back a fair market so small businesses can compete. “What small business can compete and create new jobs against a $30 million state grant to Comcast,” Small asked. To create jobs, Pennsylvania must ask corporations to pay a fair share like everyone else.
When corporations pay their fair share, the state can also restore the disastrous one billion dollar cut in state education funding engineered by Gov. Corbett and Rep. Miller. The 20,000 education jobs lost because of those cuts can be restored. The 20,000 education jobs are especially significant compared to the low total of 18,600 jobs created in Pennsylvania in 2013.
Linda Small believes in looking at results. Pennsylvania should be a leader in creating good jobs with family-sustaining wages. Her opponent’s policies don’t help create jobs and wages are falling. Small will work to change those failed policies to policies that get results.
Linda Small, 53, is running for state senator for the 28th district in the special election on March 18, 2014. She is a retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) weather forecaster and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.