End corporate welfare

I was having a discussion today about first jobs, entry-level jobs, and “when I was a youngster” type stories. Someone mentioned that in Oregon and New Jersey they have people pump gas at gas stations. Why? Back when I was a kid, and gas was well under a buck a gallon, not only would they […]

Dear Economic Development Director, Anytown USA I’m considering moving, and am interested in seeing what kind of relocation incentive package your community will offer me. I’ve watched municipalities in my current location battle each other for developments and job creation numbers, offering all kinds of corporate welfare to justify their existence. I figure I bring […]

When the school board passed the 30-year tax abatement on the GE Power building under pressure from the “economic development” folks who claimed GE wouldn’t come to Dayton without the tax break, the deal for the building and tax abatement was to an LLC. The tax break was for 30 years- yet, now in today’s […]

On Wednesday, I went to the city commission meeting to speak against handing over tax dollars to a private corporation. As usual, I was working with somewhat faulty information that I’d received from the “Dayton Daily news” in that the money was being approved by the City Commission, but was actually ED/GE funds which are […]

The city charter is very specific- the Dayton City Commission is to meet once a week to conduct the cities business. It’s also specific about missing 5 consecutive meetings and it’s time to replace a commissioner- but as we all know, the only thing that’s sacred in the charter is that you need 500 signatures […]

Our country was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal.” Yet our local elected leaders seem to think it’s good government to redistribute our tax dollars from the poor to the wealthy while rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. To summarize, Heidelberg Distributing is moving its HQ and at least 270 […]

Ohio raised the minimum wage 15¢ an hour to a whopping $7.85 per hour for 2013. Making minimum wage gives you annual earnings of $16,328 — a $340 increase. Tipped employees will receive a minimum wage of $3.93 plus tips. Employees younger than 16 must be paid no less than the federal minimum wage, which […]

Possibly in response to the article I posted yesterday, IRG makes an announcement of a tenant. The Emery/UPS facility at Dayton International Airport is over a million square feet. In their first big “success” we have IRG renting 15% of the space to a local firm, not involved in aviation, and getting tax breaks to […]

If you wonder why Dayton doesn’t have as many police officers as it used to, or firefighters, or recreation centers- it’s because we’ve been so busy doing “economic development” and “job creation” to the effect that fewer people want to live in neighborhoods considered unsafe, and plummeting property values as people move to where they […]

Most of the taxpayers in Montgomery County couldn’t tell you how many ice rinks there are in the county. But I can. 2 at Harra arena, Winterland and the Arena. Privately owned. 1 at Kettering Recreation Center. Publicly owned. 1 at South Metro. Privately owned. 3/4 of one at Riverscape. Publicly owned 1 in Randy […]