“We oppose local governments and elected leaders giving sweetheart tax and land deals to out-of-state corporations that would terminate the current jobs of thousands of workers including our local coal miners. That’s what Brian Schambach did when he served on the Marshall County Commission and voted in favor of the special tax deal,” said John Toth, President of the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance (OVJA).
In 2014, then a Marshall County Commissioner, Brian Schambach voted to approve a special tax deal to facilitate the construction of a gas-fired power plant. Under the deal, the county would take ownership of the natural gas power plant upon its completion for the sum of $1, while the out-of-state investors would lease the facility from the county.
The developers of this gas plant said it would create just a few dozen full-time jobs. However, according to many studies the creation of the gas plant would destroy the jobs of thousands of coal miners in our region. These coal miners have worked hard, paid their taxes and contributed to the local communities for decades.
“While Commissioner Schambach's goal would benefit the owners of the gas plant and just a few full-time workers, 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. There are studies that show gas plants will terminate thousands of coal miners jobs for decades to come. So why would we prop those gas plants up using sweetheart tax deals from our government? 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,” concluded Toth.