Who's minding Massachusetts?

Who's minding Massachusetts?

There are 8 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jul 28, 2010, titled Who's minding Massachusetts?. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Why is it that the state's leaders could quickly jump at the bidding of a life-insurance magnate, even though the action will result in men and women paying different rates, but they couldn't bother to keep a burgeoning company with 450 jobs from leaving the Bay State for the Ocean State? While Gov.

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This piece is garbage

Claremont, NH

#1 Jul 28, 2010
It isn't the government's responsibility to assume a $75 million risk on a video game studio during a recession.

If the Sun archived its editorials, I'd say bookmark this one for when this move blows up in Rhode Island's face, or at least doesn't pay off.
baloney

East Hampton, CT

#2 Jul 28, 2010
The, "overall well-being of the people of Massachusetts?" What a joke. The Sun advocates casinos for the people of Stab City.
57th State

Boston, MA

#3 Jul 28, 2010
This is why I am now leaning towards Tim Cahill. Gov't shouldn't be picking winners and losers and should be treating all business and individuals the same. Lower the cost of business and save and create a braod base of jobs. Why favor any company? Currently the politically connected get the favors while you and I pay for it. Understand Massachsuetts can't just print money. When the connected get something it is at the expense of someone else. I was leaning to Charlie Baker but it appears Tim Cahill is the only one who gets it.
Libertarian

Bedford, MA

#4 Jul 28, 2010
Well people like Barney Frank, Susan Fargo, Niki Tsongas, and John Kerry are minding MA. I believe that is more than enough lunatics to fill an asylum....
Your MA legislature..........
Amused

Newton Center, MA

#5 Jul 28, 2010
So, the Sun apparently believes that businesses should be able to negotiate themselves a better deal on taxes than the other residents of Massachusetts can. If everyone should have the right to do this, then I suggest that on April 15, we should all try to cut a deal with the DOR to get our own personal tax rate cut to 3%. Just tell them you will move to NH if you don't get a special break.

I thought Curt Schilling was the kind of free market capitalist who believed government should stay out of business. I guess those principles go right out the window when you can get a government subsidy for your own business.
rahm emmanuel

Lucerne, CA

#6 Jul 28, 2010
Amused wrote:
So, the Sun apparently believes that businesses should be able to negotiate themselves a better deal on taxes than the other residents of Massachusetts can. If everyone should have the right to do this, then I suggest that on April 15, we should all try to cut a deal with the DOR to get our own personal tax rate cut to 3%. Just tell them you will move to NH if you don't get a special break.
I thought Curt Schilling was the kind of free market capitalist who believed government should stay out of business. I guess those principles go right out the window when you can get a government subsidy for your own business.
Moving to NH won't help if you still work here. These are business negotiations--if Schilling brings enough to the table he should be able to get an incentive. Apparently he did not bring enough for us and went elsewhere. Or maybe the incentives Mass gives are only for those who agree with the ruling class and not free market capitalists. Schilling's behavior was not inconsistent--he went where they wanted him more. Taking advantage of incentives is fine. The incentives are to bring jobs to Massachusetts not to favor an individual.

In general, it may be a better idea to just have a tax plan that is inviting to businesses rather than to compete on incentives. Only time will tell if this is actually a loss for Mass---many of these businesses don't pan out the way we want.
David

Wakefield, MA

#7 Jul 28, 2010
How is men and women paying different rates for health insurance any different than men and women paying different rates for auto insurance?
rahm emmanuel

Lucerne, CA

#8 Jul 28, 2010
David wrote:
How is men and women paying different rates for health insurance any different than men and women paying different rates for auto insurance?
I don't think they pay different rates for auto insurance but women do pay much lower rates for life insurance. It's all based on the stats except where the government tries to social engineer.

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