The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

A GIANT present

Jun 3, 2002

The governor of Maryland and the Department of Business and Economic Development want the tax-payers’ thanks for their latest deal: bribing Giant, the largest grocery chain in Maryland (108 stores), to build it’s next warehouse... in Maryland!

The governor dipped into the state’s “Sunny Day Fund,” for a one and a quarter million dollar incentive package, in addition to offering a training grant, a job tax credit, and road improvement money, all of which total close to two million dollars.

How amazing! A giant corporation has to be bribed to build a warehouse where it makes good business sense to build it: near its headquarters, truck depot and food distribution center.

Just let a corporation hint it will go elsewhere, even when it makes no sense whatsoever, and its political cronies throw money at it. Everybody likes presents, of course. But everybody doesn’t get them from our tax funds – just big corporations do.