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Corbett cites business in blasting top Democrat

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:47 a.m.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
As part of 'Dog License Awareness Month,' Gov. Tom Corbett greets Rocco, a Lab mix awaiting adoption at Animal Friends in Ohio Township, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Corbett toured the shelter before participating in a press conference stressing the importance of the state law requiring dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 annually.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Gov. Tom Corbett greets Rocco, a Lab mix awaiting adoption at Animal Friends in Ohio Township, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
As part of 'Dog License Awareness Month,' Gov. Tom Corbett and Animal Friends board Chairman Marlene Ashton make friends with Elkie, a Lab mix awaiting adoption at Animal Friends in Ohio Township, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Corbett toured the no-kill shelter before participating in a press conference stressing the importance of the state law requiring dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 annually.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
As part of 'Dog License Awareness Month,' Gov. Tom Corbett addresses the media and others at Animal Friends in Ohio Township, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. With Corbett is Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig, left, and Animal Friends worker Ann Ensminger, holding Rosa, a beagle/chihuahua mix. Corbett and Grieg toured the shelter before participating in a press conference stressing the importance of the state law requiring dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 annually.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Gov. Tom Corbett glances toward Animal Friends worker Ann Ensminger and Rosa, a beagle/Chihuahua mix available for adoption, as he addresses the media and others at Animal Friends in Ohio Township on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Corbett toured the shelter before participating in the news conference to stress the importance of licensing dogs.

Gov. Tom Corbett appeared to be in full campaign mode during stops Wednesday in the Pittsburgh area.

The Shaler Republican took swipes at his leading Democratic opponent and mugged for photos with rescued puppies.

He described the $2.3 billion transportation bill passed last year as a “watershed mark for the next 10 years in Pennsylvania,” and predicted big things if he is elected to second term — including development of not one, but two, ethane “cracker” plants across the state. Royal Dutch Shell plc is considering whether to build a multibillion-dollar plant in Beaver County

“We're in full-scale, high-level campaign season. Corbett has got to make a move in the polls, and now is the time. You're going to see a lot of events like this,” said pollster G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster.

An F&M poll released late last month showed York County businessman Tom Wolf leading a crowded field of Democrats. A survey by Connecticut's Quinnipiac University said Wolf and five other candidates outpolled Corbett.

Corbett took a shot at Wolf while speaking to about 200 people at a Downtown breakfast hosted by NAIOP Pittsburgh, a commercial real estate development group.

Although Democrats want to impose a severance tax on gas extracted from wells, Corbett said, “No one business should have a special tax. Or maybe we should have a special excise tax on cabinet makers,” alluding to Wolf's family business.

“Every state in the nation, even Texas and Oklahoma, have an extraction tax,” Wolf campaign spokesman Mark Nicastre said.

The primary election is May 20.

Corbett said he remains optimistic that oil and gas giant Shell will build a petrochemical plant in Beaver County to convert ethane from natural gas into chemicals for plastics, antifreeze and other products. He noted that Shell agreed to pay for demolition and remediation work on the site.

“There will be probably be more developments between now and the second quarter,” Corbett said, declining to elaborate.

Beaver County Commissioners Joe Spanik and Dennis Nichols said they and a working group of officials who have met periodically about the plant were invited by Shell officials to hear an update on March 20. They said Shell didn't elaborate. Commissioners said Dan Carlson, general manager for new business development at Shell Chemicals, will attend.

Also at the breakfast, Corbett said he opposes legislation to allow some state-owned universities to leave the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to become quasi-public schools such as Pitt or Penn State.

“It's a mistake,” Corbett said.

Wednesday afternoon, Corbett appeared at Animal Friends in Ohio Township to urge dog owners to get their pets licensed.

David Conti contributed. Tom Fontaine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

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