Lansing State Journal reports
that a "Sonic" restaurant chain outlet that was promised $90,000 in taxpayer-funded
corporate welfare subsidies and tax breaks won't be opening after all in south
Lansing. Sharp-eyed corporate welfare officials keeping close
tabs on the situation realized this when they noticed that there were "for sale" signs posted
on the favored parcel.
home-grown restaurant owners in the area — who pay their taxes in full
and get no special privileges from the government — are no doubt relieved that they
won't have to compete with a politically favored and subsidized outsider.
This would not be the first time governments in
this state have unfairly discriminated against home-grown businesses by
offering outside competitors special subsidies and tax breaks.
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