Distribution center incentives pose tough questions
RALEIGH -- When it comes to taxpayer-provided incentives for business, those provided to retailers make the least sense.
The reason: Retailers need consumers/taxpayers more than consumers/taxpayers need them.
Retailers have little leeway when building or renting stores. They go where the demographics and transportation infrastructure suggests they will see the most traffic.
People may do a bit of oohing and ahhing when the hot, new restaurant franchise or big box retailer comes to town. That's still no reason to throw tax dollars at a company to bring relatively low-paying service jobs to a community when it is needed by the retailer to expand its customer base and revenue flow.
Distribution centers built by retailers are a different animal, posing trickier questions for the government ...