Republican Gov. Tom Corbett isn't just joining hands with organized labor to get tax credits for the Shell cracker plant approved -- he's even getting UPMC & Highmark in the same room.
The governor wants the health care giants to keep negotiating on a contract past their current drop-dead date in 2015, and apparently he wants them to help lobby for $1.65 billion in Marcellus-related tax credits too. He got his 2010 gubernatorial rival Dan Onorato (now a Highmark exec) to attend yesterday's cheerleading session on the tax credit plan (and its promise of thousands of construction and industry jobs) along with an exec from UPMC and a bipartisan group of legislators, union officials and civic boosters.
The full list of attendees is below:
DCED Secretary Alan Walker
Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser
Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway
Senator Elder Vogel (R)
Representative Jim Christiana (R)
Representative Jim Marshall (R)
Representative Robert Matzie (D)
Representative Jared Gibbons (D)
Beaver County Commissioner/Chairman, Tony Amadio (D)
Beaver County Commissioner, Joe Spanik (D)
Dave Spigelmyer, Chairman of Marcellus Shale Coalition
Rich Stanizzo, Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades
John DeFazio, District Director, United Steelworkers International Union
Gina Pfederhirt, UPMC
Chris Masciantonio, U.S. Steel
Louis D'Amico, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association
Jim Cassidy, Insulators Local #2
Patty Horvatich, Allegheny Conference/Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
Mark Angle, Boilermakers Local #154
Mark Thomas, Iron Workers Local #3
Louis Gilberti, Carpenters
Bill DiCioccio, Center Township Supervisor
Mike Sisk, Center Township Supervisor
Michael Jones, Potter Township Supervisor
Larry Nelson, IBEW Local 712
Joe Didiano, Cement Masons Local 526
Thomas Rager, United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #47
Thomas Melisko, Operating Engineers
Mike McDonald, Construction and General Laborers' Local #833
Frank Telesz, IBEW Local 712
Sam Prodonovich III, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 57
John Malagise, IBEW, Third District
Daniel Rains, McCarl's, Inc.
William Cornell, McCarl's, Inc.
Robert Santillo, McCarl's, Inc.
Scott Monit, Beaver County Chamber of Commerce
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