To the editor:
It seems there was a time when businesses chose a location based on local infrastructure and the availability of quality workers. They participated in the local economy and paid their share of taxes, which supported the roads, schools, etc., that their workers needed to properly raise their families.
Today, giant and hugely profitable businesses leverage their success to suck billions of dollars from the pockets of taxpayers on the promise of creating a utopian ambiance in the “CHOSEN” locale.
Foxconn sucked $3 billion from Wisconsin taxpayers, and Illinois taxpayers are likely to put up many more billions if they become the “CHOSEN” locale for Amazon’s second headquarters. I don’t know Foxconn’s capitalization, but Amazon’s is nearly a half trillion dollars! Surely, such profitable corporations can afford to pay taxes – just like the rest of us!
So, who gets the billions of taxpayer dollars? You guessed it – it ends up in the pockets of those-who-don’t-need-it.
Some politicians claim that this is needed to create a “business friendly” environment. I’m not buying this because the winner is the locale, which is able to suck the most out of taxpayers. Something smells and I’m not liking it.
John S. Strauss