The Metro Council will soon vote to lay out over $2.6 million in incentives for two companies, AIG and Asurion, to expand their local operations. Since I have observed abuse of incentives from both the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee in recent years, I have a question.
Are these companies expanding here because of the incentives, or were they expanding here anyway so Metro decided what the hell, why not give them taxpayer incentives even though there is no need to.
Thus the following e-mail has been sent to all Metro Council members:
Are these companies expanding in Nashville because of the incentives, or were they expanding here anyway? If they were expanding here anyway, there is no need to give them incentives. Incentives should be used to lure new jobs that otherwise would go elsewhere.
We'll share any responses.
UPDATE: No responses. Incentives are moving smoothly thru both state and Metro government. The state funding board has approved handing Community Health Systems $6.75 million of your money to help build the place. Metro is posed to knock $8 million off of Community Health Systems' tax bill.
Something here is not passing the smell test.
I will send a link of this article to every Metro Council member. We should be able to tell if any of them actually open the link. I'll keep you up to date.