Union Pacific to invest $400M in Sant...

Union Pacific to invest $400M in Santa Teresa rail hub project

There are 8 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jan 7, 2011, titled Union Pacific to invest $400M in Santa Teresa rail hub project. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A project that will bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the Santa Teresa area - and possibly create needed jobs - seems to be back on track.

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NO TAXES

Birmingham, MI

#1 Jan 7, 2011
"Construction would begin after the governor and the state Legislature pass a related tax incentive."

RELOCATE WITH NO TAXES?

$400,000,000 in construction costs which our Contractors will have to pay taxes on, but Union Pacific pays NO taxes at all? If we try to attract big corporations with the promise they will not pay any taxes, who pays for everything?

"I don't know how many of the jobs will be brand new; the railroad, obviously, has union membership," Popp said. "It could take a lot of years to transfer everything over.."

Except for Temporary Construction - THERE ARE NO JOBS?

"could take a lot of years to transfer everything..."

Years and years, maybe forever with zero taxes. This huge multi-billion dollar corporation will pay nothing in taxes to Dona Ana County? What about our roads, our infrastructure, our electrical grid, our water, all this with no taxes?

"Popp's colleague, economist Jim Peach, said the announcement should be a boon to the recruitment of companies to the Santa Teresa industrial park."

Will these support corporations be extended tax-free status too? We are going broke Governor, we are in the hole already for $450,000,000 from Governor Richardson, please don't make us, the citizen-peons, subsidize this these billion dollar corporations, they can afford to pay their fair share of taxes too.
Changes Are Coming

Columbus, NM

#2 Jan 7, 2011
WhooHoo!

This is what happens when companies see the change in attitude towards BUSINESS.

Yep, the Governator Bill started the process several years ago, but it seemed to die on the vine.

New Governor!! New attitude toward business growth!!

Governor Martinez is a breath of fresh air for New Mexico.
Notsofast

United States

#3 Jan 7, 2011
UPRR has more money than Ft. Knox. This is corporate welfare.
Yeah I Got an Opinion

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jan 7, 2011
New jobs, or will it just mean a longer communte for the El Paso residents already working for the RR?
David Dunham

United States

#5 Jan 7, 2011
How many jobs has Tony Popp ever created in his entire dim life?

Popp's answer to every question is to provide negativity and worse-case situations.

Of course if I had the reputation and the dead-end career Popp has, I might take the same grim view of the world.
His students cringe when he walks through the classroom door...having survived another night and able to doggedly push forward through the sludge once again.

Popp is the second to last person at NMSU anyone should be seeking information. He's is only slightly ahead of the self-serving moron Ben Woods.
Fred Sanchez

United States

#6 Jan 7, 2011
Please notify the convicted drunk Davin Lopez at MVEDA of this so he can begin formulating a news release of the efforts he and staff made to secure this windfall.

Since he wasn't quoted here, obviously it's another case of either Lopez lying about being involved or just out of the loop...again.

MVEDA's President and CEO may be found at Hurricane Alley. Even thought it might be during non-business hours, such a frequent customer gets special priviledges.

He is also a frequent participant at Carlos and Mickeys in El Paso.

Él es un principal bebido ruidosamente.
Reece Carson

United States

#7 Jan 7, 2011
Davin...being from Michigan and all... will need to hire a translator to understand your last sentence.
We know MVEDA - at that obscure office tucked away in a bank few use - has no Spanish speaking individuals.
Davin Lopez is an embarrassment to Las Cruces and Dona Ana County taxpayers. Worse, he draws a six-figure salary to be incompetent and a laughingstock at regional and national meetings.
Sometime in 2011 there will be a public answer by the MVEDA board to Lopez' 2009 BMW crash in El Paso where MVEDA had to pay hundreds of thousands to the innocent woman's family. Her vehicle was struck by Lopez who was twice the legal limit of DUI and arrested.
How Lopez avoided jail time in El Paso County is another under-the-rug issue for us Las Cruces and Dona Ana County taxpayers...who contribute significantly towards MVEDA's budget.
That lame MVEDA board deserves to give us taxpayers an accounting of how much taxpayer money was wasted in the Lopez arrest.
Rails Are The Way

Alto, NM

#8 Jan 7, 2011
Yeah I Got an Opinion wrote:
New jobs, or will it just mean a longer communte for the El Paso residents already working for the RR?
Of course it means a longer commute.... what did you think?
Those, already trained and experienced, workers are not going to get dumped on the curb by UPRR.... not that they wouldn't do it if they could!
But UPRR can't, thanks to the best worker protection in the transportation industry. Giant RR's such as BNSF, UP, CSX and NS make other transportation companies look like paupers when it comes to profits... and because of STRONG RAILWAY UNIONS, today's railroad worker enjoys one of the safest work environments in the country, is VERY well-compensated and will retire with a pension that Social Security doesn't even come close to.

If these rail workers(mostly from El Paso) had to commute 100 miles they would still do it... and easily afford it. A railway employee, even those at the bottom of the seniority rosters earn 2 to 3 times the wages of the average El Paso worker... along with some of the best health-care programs available anywhere!

So, sadly for southern New Mexico, this new rail hub won't mean more than a handful of "new" jobs(probably low-wage, non-union subcontractors), if that much.

But you can enjoy watching those trains and think real hard about the last time you bad-mouthed unions.

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