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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Double-secret welfare

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 2:42 PM

Roby Brock's Talk Business has some details on another one of those trust-us-this-corporate-welfare-is-good-for-you deals rumbling through the legislature. We're apparently about to pass out taxpayer gifts to a secret beneficiary. It might make windmill blades. Workforce pay? Don't know. Water? Needs lots of it. Good sewage treatment? Needs lots of it. Don't we have another bill pending in legislature to pay for damaging drawdown of water supplies by a major manufacturer in Pine Bluff that has benefitted from corporate welfare over the years. Aren't we still in Little Rock fighting over the ruinous cost of sewage treatment facilities that weren't covered by the people who put the new demand on the system. Isn't the state littered with plants set up with subsidies to attract manufacturing work forces?

In short, is it too much to ask to have a public discussion/justification before hard-working taxpayers give up some of their money? If you must drown your sorrow at our secret government, buy your firewater now before the taxes go up.

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