March 25, 2005

Debate still ongoing on Iowa's $700 million business subsidy measure

Free market competition? Bah! Welcome to the new welfare state.

Centrist Democrats and Republicans are trying to bring opposing sides together to craft a program which offers hundreds of millions in outright grants and tax subsidies to business interests in the state. It is projected to provide $700 million in grants and tax breaks to businesses over the next 10 years.

The program is called "The Iowa Values Fund", which suggests that Iowans value ever expanding corporate welfare. It would be interesting to see how many in the state favor that.

The measure is opposed by those further to the right and left end of the political spectrum who feel it is far too generous to businesses, is patently unfair to those businesses who don't receive state grants, and that jobs which are created from the measure will primarily be minimum or low wage positions.

2 Comments:

At 3/25/2005 6:47 AM, Anonymous Fly said...

Yup, Iowa is bound & determined to mortgage its future.

First it was Vision Iowa to build all this tourist stuff that would make Iowa a "vacation destination".

Now we're further mortgaging our future to buy businesses and jobs.

We're hopeless junkies now who are absolutely hooked on gambling revenue (we're borrowing against future revenue).

 
At 3/25/2005 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should just change the name of the state from Iowa to Wells Fargo and sons and daughters.

 

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