Last week the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency voted 11-1 to move forward with a $2.6 million incentive package for an economic development project labeled “Project Mango.”
City Commissioner Jack Porter was the only elected official to vote no. Provided below are her comments from the Blueprint meeting explaining her vote.
City Commissioner Jack Porter’s Comments on Project Mango
- I have a couple of points, it’s always a lot more fun to say yes than it is to say no, but I cannot support this project.
- A couple of reasons, one it feels super rushed to me without enough time for public input, although I do understand there will be other opportunities as the project moves forward, which I can see that it likely will.
- Some other points as well, you know there’s been a lot of time to study these kinds of local incentives and Brookings Institute and other reputable institutions have a lot of data on this that shows you know 75% of these kinds of incentives do not affect a business’s decision about location.
- About 10 to 30% of new jobs go to residents who. ….are not already employed and that’s so in one sense there’s not as much of a net job increase because they’re coming from other sectors.
- I don’t think the tax incentives are an effective way to boost employment. I support growth, I support diversifying our economy.
- You know new transportation infrastructure, if we talk about the opportunity cost others ways we could be spending this money, gets a 10 to 5 times greater return on your investment in cities and counties that have done that.
- I don’t think we have had to deliberate on what we can get from this in terms of whether you know the vehicles are going to be renewable, those kinds of questions that I think would be important to note.
- I also just want to say I don’t really think $15 is a livable wage, but that being said I can see where where this is going, but I just wanted to make my position clear.