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10/13/06-Tyler

Incentives For Goodyear Plant

9 days into the strike, and still no word on the fate of East Texas steelworkers. Workers continue to picket at the Tyler Goodyear plant. The union rejected Goodyear's last proposal which included, among other things, the closing of the Tyler plant.  City leaders are still working on incentives to keep Goodyear here.  

"We are not going back to the table until the company is willing to tell us that they are going to move off their last finally proposal which included phasing down and shutting down that plant," says Jim Wansley.

Local United Steelworkers President Jim Wansley says they are determined to stay on strike as long as it takes to keep Goodyear in East Texas.  Something State Senator Kevin Eltife and Tom Mullins are working on.

"We are looking to see if there are any additional incentives from the state," says Senator Kevin Eltife.

Right now, the incentive package is around 12 million dollars, but there is speculation other states have made better offers.

"General speaking other states are much more aggressive in terms of using incentives to attract investments," says Mullins.

However, some East Texans have asked, do these incentives cost tax payers money?

"There is an impression that if you provide public incentives or tax incentives to a company that someone else has to pick up that tab.  Actually just the opposite is true, if we lose those companies that tax base goes away. The services are still needed by the community so someone else is going to have to pick up the difference," says Mullins.

For now, Eltife and Mullins say they are not going to leave any stone unturned to keep the Goodyear jobs here in Tyler.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

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