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$3.7 Million to Move 60 Miles

"North Carolina has never met a targeted tax break it didn't like," as my Heartland Institute colleague Steve Stanek said today, but this one has to take the cake.

By on 7.22.09 | 11:30AM

"North Carolina has never met a targeted tax break it didn't like," as my Heartland Institute colleague Steve Stanek said today, but this one has to take the cake. From The Charlotte Observer:

Continental Automotive announced Monday that it will expand its plant in Fletcher – just south of Asheville – with 338 jobs averaging $36,179 in wages per year. The facility makes brake calipers, which squeeze the wheel to slow vehicles.

Continental will receive up to $2.2 million in state grants for bringing the positions. Henderson County offered up to $1 million over seven years in tax rebates, and Fletcher added up to $500,000 in the same period.

In May, the company told the state it laid off 90 people at its Morganton anti-lock brake plant after Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.

For a company to move 90 jobs just 60 miles within a state and get $3.7 million for its trouble is beyond absurd. Meanwhile the NC legislature (and the governor) are prepared to pass $1 billion in new taxes for the next state budget. Add in the rampant corruption in recent history, how can the Democrats continue to hold power? They keep winning elections, so they will probably find a way.

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