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Sound Off: Your Take on Corbett's $1.65B Shell Oil Tax Break

Do you support Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal to give Shell Oil a $1.65-billion tax break?

Gov. Tom Corbett wants to give Shell Oil tax credits worth $1.65 billion over 25 years so that the company will build a refinery in western Pennsylvania to capitalize on the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, according to Businessweek.

Corbett says that the deal could help reinvigorate manufacturing in Pennsylvania and create jobs.

Critics say that Shell would probably bring its business to the state even without the tax incentives.

Meanwhile, Corbett has also been criticized for .

Shell is the world's second largest company by revenue and made profits of $31 billion last year.

We ask you: Should Shell get the tax break?

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Cathy June 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
ridiculous. What a bunch of Morons we are, electing this idiot into office.
Jean Smith June 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Corbett is trying to bring big business here to Western Pennsylvania, but he should of waited on extending credits worth $1.65 billion over 25 years to them. I think he played his cards to early.
NB resident June 13, 2012 at 01:45 AM
We need a recall here in Pa on Corbett, this is ridiculous, first he attacks higher education, then out public schools, then adult health care, then refuses to help fun public transportation, now he wants give a tax break to the big gas companies, typical republican, and most if you couldn't vote for "Dan the tax man", this just makes me Sick, as the article says the companies will come the shall is here its not going anywhere they have to get it from here why give them a tax break when we clearly need the money here I pa pensions funds schools a lot of things
Paula Lim June 13, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I think that the facts that Royal DUTCH Shell admits that that were coming here any way , is already a giant corporation with billion dollar profits, admits that it doesn't need the tax break and plans to sell it off for cash, we are already suffering from pollution problems with it's related medical problems, medical benefits are being slashed for the poor and those suffering the most from respiratory problems as these giant polluters most often locate in low-income neighborhoods where the residents can't afford to fight it, and our children, from these same poor neighborhoods are having their local school budgets slashed to the bone (all in the name of the precious GOP voucher system which will help pay for the well to do to go to private and/or religious education while the poor get the charter schools with unqualified educators) speaks volumes about just what our erstwhile governor stand for........and it isn't the taxpayers of Pennsylvania! Governor Fracker is standing by while out of state companies pollute our drinking water, pollute our air and rape our land while supplying jobs to those from Texas, Wyoming, Utah, etc. Oh, they've created jobs....for waitresses, hotel maids, burger flippers and prostitutes. Crime rates have risen and our roads are crumbling while we're being fed a line of BS and Tom Corporate and his cronies accept "treats" from these companies while refusing to tax them. We are becoming Texas!
Jean Smith June 16, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Paula there are many good Charter and Cyber Schools in Pennsylvania that don't take students on just how much money their parents make. If they do put the voucher program in place it is the schools that will set the criteria of taking students. Kids who do well in school will have top pick of course but alone with the schools that these students go to it is up to the parents to see that their kids do their homework, make sure they are doing good in school and get them the help if they are failing. Parents wait till the very end to make complaints, when they could of been checking their grades, their homework on a daily bases.
Jean Smith June 16, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Are we not to use swear words or letters that stand for swear words according to the rules on the Patch?
Robert Edward Healy, III June 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Jean, are you referring to "BS"? That's one that I'm willing to let slide. Thank you for pointing it out, though. Is there another one that I'm missing?
Jon Wain July 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
cant wait for this guy to get his due on the penn state night mare that he turn the other cheek too.

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