Corbett campaigns in county
Gov. Tom Corbett spoke at the Crary Art Gallery, attended a fundraiser at the Eagles Club and visited a well site in Warren County as part of his reelection campaign on Friday.
“We’re making Pennsylvania stronger and I promise to make it stronger,” Corbett said. “We’re making Pennsylvania stronger. We’re going to continue to make it even stronger and we’re going to get it done in four years.”
Corbett ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary election for another term as governor. He will face Democrat Tom Wolf in November’s general election.
Corbett listed a number of reasons why Warren County residents should elect him to another four years in office, including passing a transportation bill “that’s going to help with the roads here in Pennsylvania” and increasing employment across Pennsylvania with “150,000 private sector jobs” that has continued to decrease unemployment.
“When you grow the economy, you grow the jobs,” Corbett said. “We provided an environment that private sector businesses can grow, that can thrive. They’re moving here with our energy, with our high technology, with our life sciences. Pennsylvania is a key location for businesses to go.”
Corbett reiterated his opposition to a flat tax on oil and gas operations within the Commonwealth, and said Act 13, the state’s oil and gas regulatory overhaul passed in 2012 that imposed an impact fee on shale operators, allows funds to be distributed directly to Pennsylvania’s 62 counties instead of through Harrisburg.
“It’s brought in $600 million that goes to the counties,” he said of the impact fee on shale drillers. “Sixty percent of it goes to the counties…all that money would go to Harrisburg and they would decide where that money goes. And what do you think the possibility of Warren County getting as nearly as much as they’re getting right now?”
Drillers and associated industries working in Pennsylvania have paid over $2 billion in corporate, personal income, sales and use taxes.
“The industry has paid over $2 billion in taxes, then, if you look at that whole group, since 2008,” he said. “And if that industry starts to decline or go away that’s a lot of money going away. A lot of jobs going away.”
Corbett said he’s trying to address unemployment and the working poor in Pennsylvania by “trying to grow the economy, trying to grow the private sector.”
“If you go into the natural gas industry, if you go into the oil and gas industry, they’re providing family-sustainable jobs. Not minimum wage jobs. What I know is today, if you go on our job gateway website…there’s 200,000 jobs in Pennsylvania to be filled. The problem is many people don’t have the experience, maybe the qualification to get that. And what we’re trying to do is work with our workforce investment boards across the state and their Career Links to get those people the training to go into those jobs. We don’t want them in minimum wage jobs. Minimum wage jobs are supposed to be temporary, their supposed to be for teenagers…they were a bridge to when you got your career, to your occupation. We want to get to the careers and occupations.”