Corporate Welfare Weekly

Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 77
Elizabeth Lincicome
Dec 3rd, 2010

On Friday the Charlotte Observer ran an op-ed by Justice Orr titled, “The folly of giving millions to business while axing teachers.” In this piece, Justice Orr explains why the current incentives policy is wreaking havoc on our state’s budget while taking away some its most precious resources such as teachers.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 76
Elizabeth Lincicome
Nov 19th, 2010

From the mainstream media, to local politicians and even bar associations, the entire state of North Carolina is talking about the perils of economic incentives right now and NCICL remains at the forefront of the issue.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 75
Elizabeth Lincicome
Nov 12th, 2010

Corporate Welfare Weekly November 8-12, 2010 Facebook Gets Over $11.4 Million in County Incentives, Will Employ 42... Western North Carolina made national news yesterday amidst the announcement that Facebook will build a new data center in Rutherford County. (See Wall Street Journal story here.)


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 74
Elizabeth Lincicome
Nov 5th, 2010

Corporate Welfare Weekly November 1-5, 2010 NCICL Letter to the Editor: Governor’s “recruitment efforts” nothing to brag about…


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue #73
Elizabeth Lincicome
Oct 28th, 2010

With the midterm elections just around the corner, what do the candidates running for office have to say about the state’s incentives game? The Burlington Times-News asked several candidates running for the General Assembly if they support or oppose providing cash or tax incentives to lure companies to North Carolina. Here are their answers:


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 72
Elizabeth Lincicome
Oct 23rd, 2010

On Monday, Durham City Council members locked in their half of an incentives package they believe could persuade Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp. to open a new R&D office in Durham’s American Tobacco complex.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 71
Elizabeth Lincicome
Oct 15th, 2010

The lead story on the front page of Friday’s Raleigh News & Observer was a report announcing that Siemens Energy has received $2.6 million in tax incentives through North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program to hire 139 workers in the town of Wendell, NC.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 70
Elizabeth Lincicome
Oct 8th, 2010

NCICL Senior Staff Attorney Jeanette Doran has an op-ed in Thursday’s Raleigh News & Observer explaining why the state’s film incentives scheme is “riddled with constitutional flaws.” Doran writes: "Our state constitution requires that public money be spent only to accomplish a public purpose. Not too long ago that was a pretty simple rule pretty easily followed."


Corporate Welfare Weekly Issue 69
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 30th, 2010

On Monday, WTKF/WJNC radio host Lockwood Phillips interviewed Justice Orr on another economic incentives mess impacting North Carolinians. This one has to do with the company Perfect Fit Inc. LLC, which lied to Monroe and Union County leaders about closing its Indiana-based plant in order to get more tax incentives from NC.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 68
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 24th, 2010

Last Sunday’s edition of the Raleigh News & Observer lead with an article about how North Carolina is doling out tax incentives to create jobs that pay less than the local average wage. This practice raises questions about whether our state and local officials, in their haste to put people back to work, are setting a precedent that will depress wages and permanently damage the economy.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 67
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 17th, 2010

Just when you thought this state’s incentives handouts couldn’t get any worse: last week the Phillips Collection, a furnishing products and design firm, asked the High Point City Council for $100,000 in incentives money for a project that would only create five new jobs and require an intracity move from one part of High Point to another.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 66
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 10th, 2010

Durham City Council schedules vote on $4.2M incentive package… On Thursday, Durham City Council members unilaterally scheduled a Sept. 20 public hearing on a $4.2 million incentive package for a development firm's plan to turn a landmark office tower into a four-star hotel.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 65
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 3rd, 2010

Two Durham video producers out to lure more films to the Triangle are excited about the prospect of the state throwing more economic incentives at the movie industry.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 65
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 3rd, 2010

Two Durham video producers out to lure more films to the Triangle are excited about the prospect of the state throwing more economic incentives at the movie industry.


Corporate Welfare Weekly: Issue 65
Elizabeth Lincicome
Sep 3rd, 2010

Two Durham video producers out to lure more films to the Triangle are excited about the prospect of the state throwing more economic incentives at the movie industry.