Nothin’ says lovin’ like money from the government

From The Red Dirt Report

By Ted H. Smith

Red Dirt Report, contributing writer

Posted: October 19, 2010

NORMAN, Okla. — Anyone who read the October 7 edition of The Oklahoman business  section and was not outraged by wasteful state government spending was not comprehending the duplicity of the story reported under the headline” Companies to Add 180 Jobs Using Incentive Program” .

To summarize the report by Susan Simpson, Business Writer, two companies, Biotec  Fuel and Chemicals of Guymon and Mertz Manufacturing of Ponca City plan to hire a total of 180 employees under the state Quality Jobs program. This means the the two companies will receive from the tax payers of Oklahoma about $2.2 million dollars over the next ten years. The story implies that the hiring was influenced by the Quality Jobs  Program. However, both companies said that the hiring was a result of increased demand  for their products.

The last two paragraphs of the article put the icing on the cake. The article concludes  with the information that Shawnee manufacturing company Eaton Corp, which the  reporter noted is “ not a Quality Jobs enrollee has hired 100 workers and plans to hire  another 50. This employer will get no state money and these employees will not cost Oklahoma tax payers millions of dollars over the next ten years.

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