Tom Corbett on Environment
End the inheritance tax on family farm land
Our agriculture exports now approach $1.7 billion dollars annually. Farming in Pennsylvania is a business but it remains, inherently, a family business. Centuries ago families who left their native countries began farming the fields of William Penn's
colony. Today, their descendants do the same. Every time a plow cuts into the soil of Pennsylvania, it deepens the roots of our heritage. We must keep it that way.
That is why we worked together last year to end the inheritance tax on family farm land.
The value of land for housing and commercial centers is very high. The value of the tradition and contribution of agriculture on that same land is beyond calculation. No farming family should have to bury their father or mother and their way of life at
the same time. Nor should we lose our farm land to uncontrolled development. That is why my budget contains more than $35 million dollars to fund the nation's best farmland preservation program.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania Legislature
, Feb 5, 2013
PA rivers are precious for generating many jobs
If our country is a living body, these rivers are its veins. They connect our cities through industry. That's why we need to maintain them, to develop them, to recognize them as the lifeline they are. These rivers aren't just flowing bodies of water.
They are a ceaseless creator of jobs. In the 12-county area around Pittsburgh, the estimate of jobs dependent on inland shipping is 45,000. Indirectly, the estimate runs to 217,000 jobs.
Source: Pennsylvania 2011 gubernatorial press release #2985
, Oct 21, 2011
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