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Survey Results Pose Interesting Dilemmas

Last Friday, the folks at Public Policy Polling released the results of their latest survey.  Many issues were covered as pointed out in their news release.  One notable result was that 67% of those surveyed supported a ban on smoking in restaurants and public places.  For many, a smoking ban is a “no-brainer,” but not for our lawmakers. The chief sponsor of smoking ban legislation, Representative and House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman, is struggling to acquire the needed votes to pass the ban and has had to water the proposal down in recent days.

Another interesting result from the survey was the way North Carolinians are divided on business incentives for economic development. While 58% of poll respondents said they supported business incentives, far fewer (only 36%) said they supported the most visible recent example of incentives at work – the $260 million that internet company Google will receive over the next 20 years. 

How can one explain this contradiction?  One explanation might be that while North Carolinians like the idea of business incentives (and the notion that they provide money to our state’s economy by increasing jobs and spurring more tax revenue) they are skeptical of how they work in the real world (especially in light of reports like Getting Our Money’s Worth? the recent report from the N.C. Justice Center that cast doubt upon the state’s incentives calculations). The Google deal may also highlight the public’s skepticism toward local government participation in incentives. The state participating in the incentive bidding war is accepted by most, but when towns and local governments begin entering the arena the incentives simply cost too much.  Local governments are fighting for these businesses to come to their communities, but in doing so, are making deals that they cannot afford, ultimately affecting their financial stability. 

In general, it seems North Carolinians support smaller, less expensive and less dramatic incentive packages, but are weary of the more expensive ones – especially those that feature overbidding from local governments.

2 Comments


  1. wafranklin

    April 10, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    The pandering to the business community knows no end, Lee Act, Amendment One, Certificates of Participation, Tax Incremental Funding (TIF) and many other manipulations, which if all cast out on one platter would likely stagger all with the burden we carry for the wealth, corporations and businesses. They can afford lobbyists, whose fees they can write off as a business exense-we the citizens cannot.

    In looking at this sorry record of large incentives lately (Dell and Google), it is clear that the NC staff members who negotiated these deals were (1) inept beyond all measure and using metrics which were lies; (2) had already been told to shoot the moon for political hoo-ha and simple political greed–gotta show ’em you brought home the bacon”; (3) or total incompetence all around, Gov., Legislature, Commerce, AG, etc.–anyone who touched these.

    In negotiating, the best of them have a WALK AWAY point in terms of time, money and etc. Show or fold – that easy. Dell is a negotiator of the greatest skill and persuasion-they made our elected boys look like they were in kindergarten — and they are. The Google fiasco had a bunch of lathering country mice being led around by the phenom of the week/year –not even looking at what they were getting — servers? Any tech could have told you, had you wanted to ask, that a server room is basically a room full of computers and very few people, not even many good services jobs. Guess they thought it would be a magnet for other businesses — except many businesses would not want to move in where folks were so stupid.

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