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Replacement Jobs for Washington County Virginia

by Lewis Loflin


There was a little bit of good news I suppose when Washington County announced the relocation of an Arizona firm to the Glade Springs area. Even the press called these "replacement" jobs for the earlier Gates Corporation fiasco that received a near identical corporate welfare package of this company for the promise of the same 140 jobs.

See Gates Corporation really bringing 172 jobs to Southwest Virginia? and Gates Corp. Dumps Washington County Corporate Welfare Fiasco

The jobs never really materialized never exceeding 100 and the firm pulled out in default on its incentive package obligations. This new deal seems near identical to the Gates Corporation deal who also was firing workers in other states and shifting the jobs here to reduce wages and collect public subsidies.

This is one of the big lies about Republican job creation or Democrats too for that matter. Case in point is Gov. Rick Perry of Texas who claimed zillions of new jobs that really weren't. Texas put out $20 billion in corporate welfare according to the New York Times, yet most of the jobs were jobs relocating from other states.

Not only did the company's cut wages to relocate to Texas, but the Center for Immigration Studies shows 87% of the jobs went to foreign-born workers.

So just like this new company that makes some kind of hand cleaner, a low end non-tech product, with the overall economy this can't be called new jobs when they fire workers in Arizona and simply shift to Virginia to collect public handouts and cut wages.

I predict this will be another repeat of Gates Corporation scam all too common under the guise of economic development today.

Then we have our friends at Bristol Compressors who after $2.65 million in corporate welfare with promises of new jobs instead fired 300, yet announced in April they might rehire 50. These too are counted as new jobs when in fact they are rehires. Simply moving jobs around or rehiring fired workers is not new jobs.

See Bristol Compressors More Corporate Welfare 2015?

Here rehires and replacement jobs hardly put a dent in the overall loss of good jobs combined with continually falling wages. That's why our region continues despite millions in corporate welfare and central planning to rank with inner-city slums and Indian reservations in job creation, poverty, and lack of economic opportunity.

In 2011 Bristol-Tri-Cities was ranked number 5 in the 10 poorest cities in America by

Ref. BHC July 30, 2015 and WJHL-Channel 11 October 2011.