Friday, May 12, 2006


Crossposted at

Looks like the PD is joining with the establishment to beat the drums against TEL, saying that Blackwell needs an exit legislative strategy.

One example they give is the city of Marion paying a 3.2 Mil bribe to Whirlpool saying it would not have been possible under TEL.

Maybe it's just me, but if the 3.2 Mil was so necessary you'd think Marion could get it's voters to vote for a tax increase to pay for it. And if they couldn't? Maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.


Joe C. said...

If all the politicins and newspapers are against it, it must be a good idea.

The Pullins Report said...

If Ken makes a deal on this with the legislature, that's fine. But he shouldn't trade a constitutional amendment for a statute.

Any deal should involve trading a amendment for an amendment. The statute can always be repealed by the legislature.

R 4 Strickland said...

Marion would have needed 51% of all registered voters to be able to build it (maybe you should actually read and understand the amendment. And corporate America wouldn't wait around for the city to maybe, just maybe, pass a ballot issue that might help them. How many people knew about Whirlpools recent announcement about job cuts? Not me. I just found out. If Marion didn't have that in place, the plant closure would be in Marion. Not Iowa.

Steven J. Kelso Sr. said...

I do not believe in using taxpayer funds to uphold corporation's bottom lines. Talk about corporate welfare!

The Pullins Report said...

Well said.

When Bill Gates and Warren Buffett can't get it right, how can government hacks?


BizzyBlog said...

r4s, the 50% of registered voters, vs. 50% of actual people who vote, is in dispute. Half the time Ohio law leans one way, half the time it leans the other. I'm disappointed they weren't clearer, and despite the posed certainty by both sides on what "elector" really means, we don't know, and it will probably be litigated.

Anonymous said...

bizzy, exactly. So are we passing a constitutional law that will litigated for years to come? Then TEL must stand for Total Employment for Lawyers. And to everyone else, I agree that it is corporate welfare. But unfortunately, that seems to be the world we live in. Eat or be eaten. And my guess is that Microsoft probably doesn't get any direct taxpayer benefits. But I will also guess that the state of Washington will give microsoft whatever they want (ie, new exit ramp/improved transportation, increased utility (water, electric, etc.) infrastructure improvements, favorable tax status, etc. Again, I may not agree, but to be competitive with other states and regions, this is sometimes necessary.