Sunday, November 15, 2009

Holy Mackeral: Taxpayers giving Nissan $1.92 million

for each job created? This is not corporate welfare, it is highway robbery.

This kind of taxpayer extortion has got to stop. Our government has turned into a protection racket for large corporations.

Surely this is mis-reported?? Why would anyone representing taxpayers approve of such a deal?

Senator Corker, rest easy: the imports have your back. Tennessee-based Saturn may be shutting down, but Nissan is bringing the manufacture of their electric car, the Leaf, to Smyrna, Tennessee. Nissan made the announcement today as Rutherford County commission member voted to approve the funds required for the project. Under the scheme, Nissan will get $2.5 billion for the project plus a tax holiday of 20 to 40 years. In return, Smyrna will receive, up to, 1300 full time production jobs. That works out to be about $1.92 million per job. Not to mention a drop in tax revenue for the state. Let’s hope this Leaf is attached to an evergreen project and not a deciduous one.