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KAOHSIUNG DISASTER: Kaohsiung risks all, gains little

A TAXING ISSUE:Lawmakers are criticizing regulations that let petrochemical firms file business taxes in Taipei, while Kaohsiung gets less in state funds, but bears all the risks

By Ko Yo-hau  /  Staff reporter

He said the bottom line should be people’s quality of life, not tax revenues, adding that petrochemical companies should establish their facilities away from densely populated areas.

DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said on Facebook that setting up petrochemical facilities in a busy city is no different than planting a time bomb there, since both put residents’ lives at risk.

He urged the central government to perform its duties and move underground pipelines out of densely populated areas, while calling on CPC to move its headquarters south to enable Greater Kaohsiung residents to benefit from the municipality receiving a higher amount of centrally funded tax revenues.

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