Accompanying these special tax and land deals are the developers and their big corporations promising start dates for major construction and large investments in local communities with no actual progress yet to be seen. In reality, the start dates for these projects have been delayed, postponed or missed and even if these pipe dreams do actually come true each plant promises only to create a few dozen full-time jobs.
The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance opposes local governments and elected leaders giving sweetheart tax and land deals to out-of-state corporations who threaten the jobs of thousands of workers in our coal industry. It is even more insulting that these projects will create just a handful of full-time jobs in return. It is important to remember that coal miners and their families have worked hard, paid their taxes, shopped at our stores, helped provide the funds for our schools and highways in these communities for decades. We shouldn’t use their tax dollars to prop up a corporation that could threaten thousands of their jobs. It isn’t right.
Our goal is to make sure the playing field is level for everyone and coal miners and their families have a fighting chance to remain here and contribute to our communities. Government should not pick and choose which companies get to succeed and which don’t and who gets a good paying job and who doesn’t.
Marshall County, West Virginia