Casey, Toomey take a tour of the Navy Yard

    U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania climbed aboard a trolley to tour the Philadelphia Navy Yard Tuesday.

    The senators got a drive-by tour, stopping at Tastykake and at the headquarters of the apparel store chain Urban Outfitters to visit.

    Casey said industry at the Navy Yard is a good sign for the region’s economy,

    “We often talk about the future and building the jobs of the future,” Casey said. “I think it’s pretty evident when you go across this Navy Yard and talk to the folks who are creating the jobs and creating the energy and the building that is happening here, that this region and, by extension this Commonwealth, is ready for the future.”

    Toomey said the Navy Yard development is evidence Republicans can lead,

    “Some of the things that many Republicans have long advocated, for instance, recognizing that lower taxes are an incentive for investment and work. Well, we’re seeing it work right here, right? One of the things that is key to the success of this entire project of the Navy Yard, is that it’s a Keystone Opportunity Zone, completely exempt for 10 years or longer from Pennsylvania taxes,” Toomey said. “This is something that I’ve been saying all along, is that tax incentives matter.”

    Both senators said they enjoyed the fact-finding visit. The free Tastykakes might have had something to do with that.

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