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Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:59 PM

Lines Blur as Texas Gives Industries a Bonanza

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/us/winners-and-losers-in-texas.html

Lines Blur as Texas Gives Industries a Bonanza
By LOUISE STORY

DALLAS — The Preston Hollow neighborhood has been home to many of Texas’ rich and powerful — George and Laura Bush, Mark Cuban, T. Boone Pickens, Ross Perot. So it is hardly surprising that a recent political fund-raiser was held there on the back terrace of a 20,000-square-foot home overlooking lush gardens with life-size bronze statues of the host’s daughters.

The guest of honor was Gov. Rick Perry, but the man behind the event was not one of the enclave’s boldface names. He was a tax consultant named G. Brint Ryan.

Mr. Ryan’s specialty is helping clients like ExxonMobil and Neiman Marcus secure state and local tax breaks and other business incentives. It is a good line of work in Texas.

Under Mr. Perry, Texas gives out more of the incentives than any other state, around $19 billion a year, an examination by The New York Times has found. Texas justifies its largess by pointing out that it is home to half of all the private sector jobs created over the last decade nationwide. As the invitation to the fund-raiser boasted: “Texas leads the nation in job creation.” ...

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Response to jsr (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:05 AM

1. Texas leads the nation in job-buying

30% of that money came from US taxpayers.

The remainder came out of the pockets of Texans in order to enrich a shitload of multinationals - with no promise of anything.

Corporate Welfare, big-time.
DBH

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:11 AM

2. Well said, all smoke and mirrors

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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:45 PM

3. K&R

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