They should just get jobs, or sell some bling: 

Pete's Fresh Market is requesting $1.5 million from Oak Park to open a former Dominick's in the suburb by yearend, a subsidy the village president supports, according to a report.

The money would "facilitate renovation of the property," according to papers given to the village, Wednesday Journal said in a report today. Parking and landscaping improvements are planned along with a cafe in a corner of the building, according to the report.

I've been in a Pete's Fresh Market, and the things are like palaces. There's a whole aisle of chocolate. Not candy, just chocolate. The Dominick's this is replacing was old and gross and not kept up by the company as it served a poorer part of town, so this will be a vast improvement. 

Still. If they can't open the store on their own, why are they doing it? Why is this considered par for the course these days? Why do towns have to bribe people to open large businesses and make money? This isn't a case of a mom and pop need money to fix up an ice cream parlor. This company will make plenty of cash without the intervention of government. 

Maybe if it just stopped being so lazy and took hold of its bootstraps, this culture of dependency could end. 


3 thoughts on “Welfare

  1. What’s amazing to me is how quickly this has been accepted — even down here your ultra winger free marketeers will go out of their way to set up TIFs if not deliver flat out cash subsidies.

  2. To point out the obvious – Walmart is well known for holding communities hostage (you give us extreme tax credits such as keeping a significant percent of our sales taxes for the next decade or we’ll build just outside of your jurisdiction).
    Or in my small town (which incidentally is full of old, empty strip malls that no one wants to move into / they’d rather build new ones than pay the rent to the local moguls who seem to think that their unkept walls are Taj Mahals). About a year ago some docs wanted to build a new set of office space for doctors and got upset when the city council wouldn’t grant them tax incentives for building.

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