Belmont, OH School Will Need to Accept $ Cut from Cracker Project

The teachers’ unions won’t like this one. As part of the “aggressive incentive package” (not yet disclosed) by Ohio Gov. John Kasich in order to lure an ethane cracker plant to the state, the local school district in Belmont County will have to accept concessions. That is, John Kasich wants to deny the lil’ chil’ren money OWED to them. The Shadyside school board will need to sign off on any property tax deal cut with the companies (from PTT Global Chemical from Thailand and Marubeni Corporation from Japan) planning to build the cracker plant complex. We seriously doubt that the school will have much choice in the matter. What if the school (and teachers’ unions) say “no”? Will that stop the plant? You can bet your bottom dollar that ain’t gonna happen with John “foreigner hunter” Kasich on the job…

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