All of a sudden this fellow Dan Chandler, who's not even from New Albany, wrote this:
Today's CJ contains an article stating that 134 manufacturing jobs are coming to Scottsburg. The article says:Well, citizens, I'll say it -- It's a bad thing!
"The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Tokusen up to $1.1 million in performance-based tax credits and up to $75,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Scottsburg will provide additional property tax abatement."
I'm waiting for someone to say these 134 jobs are a bad thing. Had Scottsburg and the State of Indiana used all of their funds to reduce fees elsewhere, Scottsburg would have 134 fewer good jobs.
It's about time that property tax abatements went to the people who pay the property taxes, not some big company from a place that I can't even pronounce. Yes, they'll go to Scottsburg and spend money, then they'll pay living wages, and pretty soon those workers will forget what it's like to barely graduate and be doomed to a life of auctioneering. Can you imagine how bad things would be if I had to pay for a license?
The very same company came to me and said they'd build right here in New Albany, so long as we provided nothing and played fiar, by the rules, just like the little people do, and I told them I'd try (I can't tell you the name of the man, it was all in Japanese or something), but Carl Maalox wouldn't even return my call on his fancy city cell phone. I told him Birdseye is better, but it was too late.
If you'll excuse me, my dogs are barking again, and I need to go stir the barbecued bologna some more.
God bless and hail Mary, etc.