No production worker from Georgia has benefited from the new VW Chattanooga plant, AJC staffer Dan Chapman is reporting.
What do you think of this?
Volkswagen officials bluntly explain their parochial pattern: Tennessee gave them $577 million in tax breaks and other financial inducements so, naturally, those from that state get the jobs, Chapman writes.
But Georgia and the local officials around West Point did not take the same approach with the Kia plant — even though $469 million in incentives were spent there, Chapman writes. One-fourth of the workers there are from Alabama.
“With all those tax breaks, maybe they should’ve worked harder to keep the jobs in Georgia,” Tim Stennett, an unemployed engine builder from Ranger, told Chapman.
Which side are you one?
Are VW and Tennessee justified in keeping the work for themselves?
Or is it short-sighted to bypass Georgians, given how interconnected local economies are these days — not to mention all the joblessness in north Georgia?
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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