Cooper Administration Doled Out $1.2 Billion Worth of Corporate Welfare in 2021 | Beaufort County Now | As thousands of small businesses were forced to close for good as a result of his economic lockdowns, Gov. Cooper’s administration handed out $1.2 billion worth of corporate welfare to giant corporations like Apple, FujiFilm, and Toyota in 2021.

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    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Brian Balfour.

    As thousands of small businesses were forced to close for good as a result of his economic lockdowns, Gov. Cooper's administration handed out $1.2 billion worth of corporate welfare to giant corporations like Apple, FujiFilm, and Toyota in 2021.

    The just-released NC Department of Commerce report on the Job Development Grant Fund (JDIG) program provides the details.

    JDIG is North Carolina's largest, but far from only, corporate welfare program, so Cooper's corporate welfare tally will be larger than the $1.2 billion. JDIG does, however, typically include the headline-grabbing major giveaways.

    Recipients of JDIG awards annually receive taxpayer dollars based on a percentage of their withholding taxes paid by new employees hired during each calendar year of the agreement. To receive their full complement of taxpayer handouts, companies must meet investment and job creation targets.

    A total of 32 companies received JDIG agreements in 2021, most of which will last for 12 years.

    By far the largest award was to Apple, which is promised $958 million in tax breaks over the course of 39 years. The second-largest award was to Toyota Battery Manufacturing, a deal potentially worth $87 million over 20 years.

    All told, this seems to be a lot of corporate tax breaks for a Governor who has repeatedly told the public that he is against corporate tax giveaways.

    Corporate welfare schemes are an attack on freedom. Decisions over the use of scarce means of production are shifted away from consumers and into the hands of the ruling class, a move pushing us in the direction of central planning.
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( May 28th, 2022 @ 7:36 am )
This is an astounding number, and this is the way Corporatists govern - take from the small to curry favor with the large.

The Covid Fraud - the shutting down of the small to the benefit of the large - showcased a big bite of realty for those that have the common sense to know better.

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