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Sunday, April 1, 2007

The windmill boom

Posted By on Sun, Apr 1, 2007 at 7:22 AM

Interesting piece from the Arkansas News Bureau explaining the push for corporate welfare to lure a factory that makes blades for energy-generating windmills. A federal tax credit is the original source of momentum for such plants and now states are carving each other up to outbid each other for these plants.

How much water do they use? What kind of demand do they create on wastewater systems? If they should be exempt from the income tax because Texas has no income tax, why shouldn't everybody be exempt from the income tax? How solid is an industry driven on state and federal tax breaks? What's the hysteria about passing a secret giveaway to lure a plant paying $12 to $13 an hour to line workers?

All questions I DON'T expect to hear asked or answered before the legislature gives away the ranch.

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