Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gov. Corbett found to be in contempt of jobs

Gov. Corbett found to be in contempt of jobs

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Gov. Corbett sang with the group Up With People stood on a stage with a (bleep)load of white people today, and his message was: Release the crackin'...of ethane. Never mind that the Shell ethane-cracker plant in the western-Pa.-as-it-gets town of Monoca, Pa. will only create 400 actual on-site jobs in return for its !.7 billion tax credit bonanza, and an unknown number of indirect jobs -- unknown because his administration relied solely on job estimates by a Shell-funded group.

One thing that Corbett can't cover up -- as much as he'd like to -- is that the man who was elected governor on a "jobs, jobs, jobs" promise has destroyed many more jobs that he would create out there in Beaver County.

On purpose.

Here's how:

Pennsylvania, for example, has shed 5,400 government jobs this year, and many school districts and social service agencies are contemplating more layoffs. “We have slipped to the middle of the pack in terms of job growth,” said Mark Price, a labor economist at the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. “And that was driven mainly by the fact that we lost so many jobs in the public sector.”

Public workers became a point of contention in the presidential campaign recently when Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, criticized President Obama for wanting to increase the number of government employees through stimulus measures. “He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers,” Mr. Romney said, adding: “It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

We don't really need more of this help, thank you. Early on the recession, Pennsylvania was actually faring better than its neighbors, and then Gov. Corbett showed up with his job crushing policies. Now we've "slipped to the middle of the pack." And he's just getting started. Wait until he brings our efficiencies above average.

(Photo by Scott Detrow)

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