Monday, April 17, 2006

"Put Stop to Corporate Welfare!"


This editorial by Berkeley resident Roslyn Fuerman in the Contra Costa Times hits the point exactly! I appreciate her comments and the support from all of you for our historic actions and the continued fight against Corporate Welfare!
Put stop to corporate welfare
I read with great interest that Assemblywoman Loni Hancock is sponsoring legislation to force corporate disclosure regarding tax breaks in "Enterprise Zones."

As every good school teacher knows, the way to control the classroom is to "put the monkey on their backs."

Merely having to disclose, and having the press publish who is getting what for what and where, will clean up millions of dollars of abuses.

The legislation is broke, but that does not mean it was not a good idea. It just needs to be tweaked. And Hancock is on the right track.

The first step is simple information, and the state does not need to spend millions tracking that information when it is readily available.

If the state can monitor the most intimate details of citizens' lives to make sure they do not get excessive welfare benefits, the state ought to be able to monitor public corporations to induce public disclosure of corporate welfare.

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