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If Josh Shapiro wants to compete with Ohio, he needs to imitate Ohio

Originally published at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Josh Shapiro is right: Pennsylvania is losing to Ohio. In the last two years, Pennsylvania witnessed a net loss of 2,425 residents and $90 million in income to Ohio.

To stem this flow of people and investment, his budget address proposed a pricey economic development plan, including $600 million in new subsidies and incentives to entice businesses to set up shop in Pennsylvania.

Ohio indeed spends hundreds of millions on business handouts. However, Pennsylvanians aren’t moving to Ohio for corporate welfare. They are moving west because that’s where the jobs are.

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