Pipeline has a good report on how important the Shell tax break has become to state budget negotiations.
Be sure to check StateImpact Pennsylvania tomorrow for a look at how the $1.65 billion tax break is playing in the Beaver County community where the ethane cracker may be built.
Following Monday’s closed-door meeting in the governor’s office, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, described the tax credit proposal — which could allocate up to $1.65 billion across 25 years for companies, including Shell, that locate ethane-processing facilities here or the downstream companies that use the ethylene produced at those facilities — as the governor’s “number-one priority” and an “essential” part of the budget process.
“We understand that that’s an important part of what the governor sees as the budget package,” Pileggi told reporters. “It’s something that we haven’t caucused on in the form of a specific bill yet, but it’s become crystal clear to me, and I think for all of us, that that’s something the governor feels is an essential part for him.”
Asked moments later about Pileggi’s remark regarding the emphasis being placed on ethane tax credit, Gov. Tom Corbett replied: “That’s a fairly accurate description.”