According to our Doctor Governor, the Education budget benefits when the state hands over hundreds of millions in corporate welfare payments, so why shouldn't schools pay for it? No joke, campers.
It's not enough that Alabama spends millions in “no strings attached” corporate “incentives.” that nobody ever investigates later to see if they were good deals for the state. Now, the Governor thinks that the Education budget should fund it.
“We have to look at who actually pays for it and who actually benefits,” Bentley said last week. “If you look right now, the general fund pays for incentives, but the education budget is the one that gets the benefit.”
Alabama is one of a few states with two budgets funded by separate revenue streams. Though incentives are largely paid for with money from or diverted from the general fund budget, many of the benefits of new job creation — including income and sales taxes — flow into the education budget.
“That's something we're going to look at,” Bentley said. “If education is benefiting from it, we need to look and see if some of the incentive money should come from that way. … Whoever benefits ought to pay.“
Ummmm….. isn't it the corporations who beneft the most? Let's look at a corporate welfare deal from a few years ago:
The state has agreed to provide more than $6 million in incentives for Toyota's V6 engine expansion, including $1 million for capital costs incurred by the company in developing, constructing and equipping the facility, $400,000 for industrial access roads and $4.8 million for job training.
“Job training.” Ok… so I'm more than a couple of decades old, but I remember – in the “good old days” – that my employers trained me, not the State of Alabama.
Not that asking schools to pay is a new idea: remember the Limestone County Schools getting squeezed to cough up cash for a retail development in Morgan County – because the $40 million already offered to the developer just wasn't enough.
“According to the developer, it's still a little bit short. That's where Limestone County is going to have to come in. (Decatur) can't do anything else.”
Limestone County Commissioner Gary Daly said the school system is likely to see an additional $1 million per year from the development and should “ante up.”
But is it a good idea? I say no.