Fairmon, not long ago you listed five or six countries that were your idea of business friendly. Did you know that every one of them provides universal healthcare? Either through an individual mandate or single payer. I can argue that Obamacare will ultimately be good for the economy all day long. You talk of wealth transfers. My premiums and co-pays go up because of uninsured patients. Healthcare should not be treated as a consumer good. We are not doctors and we cannot comparison shop when there is a medical emergency. We cannot, on the fly, determine if a test is being ordered because of a medical necessity or because the doctor has a financial interest in the testing equipment/lab. Try calling the local hospitals to get a firm price on say, an appendectomy. Or go to another country that has a better business climate. Cause buddy, they also have universal healthcare.
Someone needs to check the Sunshine Law. I believe it forbids the use of a "go between" to circumvent the law.
True, true, true Plato. Thanks for pointing that out.
It's not just relatively new companies benefitting from PILOTS. Companies that have been here for decades are getting them. I suppose they'll threaten to leave if they have to pay full property tax. Some communities, elsewhere in the nation, have started doing rigorous cost/benefit studies of what these businesses will actually COST them and don't have a problem telling Hand Out, Inc. to take a hike. We won't do it, partially because there are ancillary development development deals for those "risk takers" who happen to be in the right place and the right time with the right connections. We will be left holding the bag.
Watson and McCormick both showed more than their cards. It's ironic that we handed over the taxpayer funded incentives because of some made up multiplier effect but boy you start talking about higher wages around here, and the multiplier effect that comes from increased wages isn't mentioned. I'm still waiting for the full page ad from Ramsey and Corker, Coppinger and all the rest thanking the tax payers for bringing companies here. Usually they just thank each other and the freeloader Chamber.
I'm a moderate. It's going to take you a few more election cycles to get it through your head that most of this country is in the middle. You keep up the venom and the name calling though if it makes you feel better. It's a great way to make people want to join you.
Not really. All I see is a bunch of pseudo psycho babble. You don't have much faith in this country do you?
Then how do you explain all of the independents who voted for him? Face it, the Republicans can't put up any decent candidates anymore.
For a start every county commissioner and city coucilmember should be pressured to reduce or cut out taxpayer dollars for the chamber. There is no point in having a non transparent entity functioning as an arm of the government. Chamber sympathizers like to claim that Detroit is bankrupt because of unions. Detroit is bankrupt because of a corrupt government and because of their overuse of Pilot's. GM is still benefitting from these agreements and Detroit can't collect the full value of some of their most valuable land. Decisions made now will come back to bite us in 20 years or so.
If these businesses wind up costing us more than they put into the economy then they can go sleep on some other state's couch and mooch off them. We'd be better off.
Don't forget Amazon. Now only do they kill local businesses, they have a habit of cutting and running whenever they feel like it.
I've had to sit through Haslam and Coppinger speeches and listen to them thank
themselves and the Chamber for buying us jobs. They did NOT thank the taxpayers who are insuring their "investments."