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By Jamar Thrasher, Third and State
A few weeks ago, the Pennsylvania General Assembly fast-tracked a bill in the waning days of the legislative session to allow certain private companies to keep most of the state income taxes of new employees. News reports to follow indicated the new tax giveaway was designed to lure California-based software firm Oracle to State College.
Well, it turns out the CEO of Oracle, which will benefit from the largess of Pennsylvania taxpayers, recently bought his very own Hawaiian island, as CNN reported back in June.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the third richest man in the U.S., purchased about 98% of Lana'i, the sixth largest of the Hawaiian islands. Forbes reported that the deal was rumored to be worth $500 million.
As CNN tells us:
The island includes two luxury resorts, two golf courses, two club houses and 88,000 acres of land, according to a document filed with the Public Utilities Commission.
Which bring us back to Pennsylvania, where Governor Corbett recently signed House Bill 2626, allowing qualifying companies that create at least 250 new jobs within five years to pocket 95% of the personal income taxes paid by the new employees.
By Mark Price, Third and State
In a rare victory against corporate welfare in Pennsylvania, Ahold USA has withdrawn its request for property tax breaks for a meat-packaging facility it is building in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County.
- Jim Ryan, Central Penn Business Journal — Ahold drops LERTA request for meat-packaging plant
- Monica Von Dobeneck, The Patriot-News — Giant Foods owner withdraws request for tax break for its meat repackaging plant in Lower Allen Township
As Michael Wood explained before the request was withdrawn:
The New York Times has a good article on tax subsidies and abatments poaching from the high-tax climate of New York. Interestingly, one of the main opponents to big abatments is Kevin Gillen of Econsult.