September 17, 2013
Recently, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reiterated something he has been saying for many months, that the state still is working hard to attract an ethane cracker plant to West Virginia.
Success in that would be applauded throughout the state, of course.
But it is likely state officials are using the lure of tax breaks when they visit companies considering cracker plants. That is common practice in economic development.
What about companies in other businesses? And what about firms already in West Virginia that might be able to hire more workers if their taxes were lower?
Providing tax relief to all types of businesses, including companies already in the Mountain State, should be a continuing priority for Tomblin and legislators.
That would result in job growth at least as significant as any brought by a new cracker plant.
— News and Sentinel, Parkersburg