Another $1.67 million slated for corporate welfare in Washington County
by Lewis Loflin
The Washington County Virginia Board of Supervisors has voted after secret backroom sessions to pay out $1.67 million to help move a road to underwrite the cost of a private airport.
As the Bristol Herald Courier is reporting on November 26, 2014 the money will be used in to move Route 611 to clear the way for an airport expansion. They say this is needed so they can have a nicer airport to land corporate jets.
The press reports noted the supervisors made no comments when they voted for it. There was no public input or knowledge of the project until voted on, which is typical.
This money-losing airport has been subsidized for decades by local taxpayers and produces essentially nothing for the general public.
Earlier in the year the Board of Supervisors after another closed backroom session awarded a retail development in Abington about $3 million of public money.
This is typical here as they plan to raise other taxes and fees on everyone else. For example they plan to extort an extra $60,000 by raising something called a transient occupancy tax on hotels and to pay for more tourism development.
Tourism development is another favored scam by economic developers that creates a few lucrative jobs for well, the developers. And the developers are often friends and business associates of the Board of Supervisors.
- Culture of Slush-Fund Politics in Virginia
- More public dollars looted to underwrite The Falls development
- Another $1.67 million slated for corporate welfare in Washington County
- Southwest Virginia Miners Lose Jobs We Get Minimum-Wage jobs Instead
- Government Lies on Employment Gains October 2014
- No US Job Creation in 14 Years
- More Chaos in the Job Market for Tri-Cities November 2009
- Food Stamps and Unemployment in Bristol VA-TN
- Congressman Boucher's Failed Call Center Legacy
- Economic Developers in Tri-Cities Pleased with Job Losses
- Alpha Building Fiasco Five Years Later
- More on the Dirty Alpha Coal Building Deal
- The Dirty Alpha Coal Building Deal
- Virginia Tobacco Commission Scandals 2014
- More on Phil Puckett and the Virginia Tobacco Commission Scandal
- Virginia Tobacco Commission Waste and Pork Update for 2009-14
- Local Leaders Complain to Senator Kaine - Ignore Workers
- Rebirth of Glade Spring Virginia
- Predominant Face of American Poor is White
- Proof Limiting Mass Immigration Helps the Working Poor
- Born Again Jobs and a Shrinking Tri-Cities Labor Force
- Prime Choice Foods Files for Bankruptcy in Bristol
- What 70 New Jobs at Columbus McKinnon?
- Another 100 Jobs Lost in Bristol Virginia with College Closure
- Bristol Metals fires 290 Workers
- 240 Phony Jobs and Corporate Welfare for Heritage Glass
- Bristol Raising Property Taxes to Pay for Corporate Welfare
- Caterpillar Plant Closure Costs Pulaski County 240 Jobs
- Arch Coal Fires Another 213 Workers - It's the tip of the Iceberg
- High Cost of the Non-Profits Industry