Before we count the jobs created, we need to count the jobs LOST in Gov. Corbett’s budget cuts. A typical example is the York City Schools where 70 support staff people are being fired. These jobs include security officers, secretaries, custodians, and teacher aids. In addition 40 teaching positions are going to be cut. Prior to the loss of their jobs, all of these people boosted the Pennsylvania economy and payed local, state, and federal income taxes. In addition to the loss to the economic activity of York, the loss of these people means no value will be added to the school children of York. None. Zero. In fact value will be subtracted from the children’s education because there will be larger class rooms, fewer teachers’ aids, and administrative support personnel to help the teachers help the students.
As far as the gas industry creating jobs for Pennsylvanians, many of the good paying jobs will be occupied by persons who live out of state and do not pay much in local taxes, others than living temporarily in the Commonwealth. Many of the drilling jobs pay well, but it is boom or bust type of work. The gas industry comes in, things are good for a while, the gas is extracted, and you are left with little towns with few job prospects for young people.
The best way to create high paying, sustainable, long-term jobs that can support families is not boom and bust industries that leave ghost towns and polluted streams, but an educated work force. More on that next week when we examine Tom’s top twelve tall tales number 10 – “We don’t need no education.” Awesome Floyd tune; awful policy.
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