Friday, June 10, 2011

Rally Demanding ExxonMobil Pay Fair Share of Taxes

Marchers demanding that ExxonMobil pay a fair share of taxes will rally in Market Square today at 3:30, then proceed across the Smithfield Street Bridge to the Exxon Station on East Carson Street, where they will present a giant postcard listing the number of jobs the company could be creating in Pittsburgh.

Tom Hoffman, Western Pennsylvania Director of Clean Water Action, says companies like ExxonMobil have recovered from the recession and benefit from huge tax breaks, but cities like Pittsburgh are still suffering from cuts to education and environmental protection and a lack of funds to create jobs.

Hoffman says ExxonMobil and other companies profiting from the Marcellus Shale gas boom are "bleeding the state dry" without paying any severance taxes, so they should step up and pay a fair share.

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