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HARRISBURG - A new proposal by Gov. Tom Corbett to give a long-term $1.7 billion state tax break for a planned Marcellus Shale gas petrochemical refinery in southwestern Pennsylvania is a late-emerging issue in the state budget debate.
The tax credit proposal for a $4 billion Shell Oil Co. plant came to light just as Mr. Corbett started negotiations last week with Republican legislative leaders over the final shape of the $27 billion state budget for fiscal 2012-13.
Lawmakers are pressing for more details about the proposal while at least two policy groups have criticized it as a corporate giveaway during a time when state aid to schools and human services is being cut.
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