In the name of Economic Development the County Commissioners voted to pass Bill 2011-25.
Commissioner Creighton was the first to show his enthusiasm for this bill. Followed by Commissioner Browning, McCarthy and Dougherty.
Three of these four Commissioners claim to be our Conservative Representatives on this board but, ATTITUDE speaks louder the words.
Although I did expect this bill would and should be passed. I didn't expect such euphoria about it. This was a pass through Grant from the State. I have nothing against Avantor taking the 3 Million dollars they were offered. It makes good business sense for them. My problem is this is CORPORATE WELFARE.
“These are high paying private sector jobs that we’re bringing to Lehigh County and we’re doing that with the assistance of our new governor and in cooperation with our county executive,” said Commissioner Chairman Dean Browning.
Not everyone was pleased that public funds were being used to lure a private company to the state. Stan Bialecki, a Tea Party activist from Bethlehem who is a regular at commissioners meetings, said sarcastically, “It’s really so nice to see everybody so enthusiastic to spend state money to buy jobs for Pennsylvania.”
Commissioners are pleased to bring the jobs to the county. Commissioner Dean Browning said the company's salaries average $87,000, which is well above the national average.
"Nice to see everyone's so enthusiastic about spending $3 million to buy jobs for Pennsylvania," Bialecki said. "I don't think it's a good idea."
Browning retorted by saying he could see that Bialecki felt it was better to leave the high-paying jobs in New Jersey.
"It's at these trying economic times we should be going into overdrive to get more companies to move into Lehigh County," Commissioner Percy Dougherty said.
Corporate Welfare is not how we should be spending State Tax money. This is "BUYING" jobs and not real Community Development. The way to attract companies to Pa.is to make it a good place to do business. If anyone is fool enough to believe that paying Companies to move to your location is a good idea, I have a bridge to sell them.