The Spark

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

Fighting to maintain tax breaks "forced" upon them

Mar 7, 2005

In September, the U.S. Sixth Court of Appeals ruled that a tax break given by the State of Ohio to DaimlerChrysler for building a Jeep plant in Toledo was unconstitutional. In January, the State of Ohio asked for and received a stay of that ruling so that it can appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The governor of Ohio and one of its U.S. Senators are even pushing a federal bill to state that such tax breaks do not violate the constitution.

Every time state politicians around the country propose special tax breaks for the corporations, they say they are forced to offer exemptions to keep the corporations from taking their business to other states that will give them better tax "incentives."

If the states, cities, and counties want to levelthe playing field, preventing the corporations from playing them off against each other, they should be rushing to the Supreme Court to ask the Supreme Court to uphold the Circuit Court's decision. Just think of all the money that could be made available for schools, health programs, and bus service if the corporations had to pay their share of taxes!

The fact that the states are not jumping to support the Circuit Court's ruling shows what it's really all about – they WANT to give money away to the corporations!