I WILL BE BACK TO DAILY POSTING ON SATURDAY----TOMORROW.
Next week we will discuss again that corporate fraud and government corruption that has moved tens of trillions of dollars in our US wealth overseas and into the hands of the 1% and their 2%----local, state, and Federal the whole system is third world corrupt and it is because WE THE PEOPLE have allowed ROBBER BARON WALL STREET POLS take control of government.
Baltimore is ground zero---it is top of the list in corporate fraud and government corruption using pay-to-play to break down all sense of right and wrong with citizens having to work within this corrupt system not WANTING TO BUT NEEDING A JOB.
I had a few Baltimore Elections people contact my organization telling me the ENTIRE ELECTION PROCESS IS CORRUPT-----we knew that. So, no lack of witnesses and victims----just absolutely no public justice system or court system that is not captured.
Below we see our local media again reporting on low-level crime and corruption coming from the street and never mentioning Wall Street Baltimore Development as tops ----with Johns Hopkins controlling an extremely corrupt city hall. The article below deals with a jail and prison system left to operate on its own with the appointed government officials no doubt playing golf and using salaries to buy property. WE THE PEOPLE spent these several years marching, protesting, letting the justice department KNOW FROM WHERE THE FRAUD AND CORRUPTION comes ....we even have a great big 'X' on top of Chase Morgan to make it easier for police helicopters to find the crooks and yes, put them in jail as US Attorney Rod Rosenstein says----only his office doesn't look up the income ladder to find the bad guys---he only looks down.
"It's not enough just to catch the bad guys and get them convicted and sent to prison," said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "We need to make sure that while they're in prison, they're isolated and not able to carry on and continue their gang activities."
Is Baltimore the most corrupt city in America?
The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 17,2009 | Justin Fenton
Posted on 4/18/2009, 8:46:54 AM by TET1968
Indictments reveal prison crime world Officers, inmates charged in drugs, extortion
By Justin Fenton | email@example.com April 17, 2009
The court records read like a scene out of Goodfellas: From their prison cells and with the help of corrections staff, authorities say, members of a violent gang were feasting on salmon and shrimp, sipping Grey Goose vodka and puffing fine cigars - all while directing drug deals, extorting protection money from other inmates and arranging attacks on witnesses and rival gang members.
A seven-month investigation that included wiretaps on contraband prison cell phones led to the indictment on drug and weapons charges of 24 people - including four state prison officers - who authorities believe are leaders or associates of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, officials announced Thursday.
A search warrant outlines how gang members were able to obtain heroin, direct hits on enemies through so-called "Death Angels" and conduct cell phone conference calls to arrange business with inmates around the state.
"It's not enough just to catch the bad guys and get them convicted and sent to prison," said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. "We need to make sure that while they're in prison, they're isolated and not able to carry on and continue their gang activities."
This article addresses again, the corruption of lower-level players and in this case it is all those US mayors in cities deemed FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES like Baltimore. Every one of these cities are tied to global Wall Street and a MASTER PLAN of building ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE independent global CITYSTATES. So, while Wall Street and global corporations were milking our city, state, and Federal agencies and government coffers dry with fraud------these 1% allowed and encouraged fast and loose by the city councils and mayors in return for looking the other way.
Of course the mayors top on the list for appointing the people Wall Street Baltimore Development says----for pushing all the global corporate attachments to our agencies which then loot citizens and public trusts-----the mayors are then paid to play by connecting city hall services and programs to outside consultants on the take. So, yes the entire city hall, Maryland Assembly, and Congress are ROBBER BARON POLS and for doing so are thrown some wealth---WHICH THEY WILL SOON LOSE.
Corrupt US mayors pose a
threat to decency in society
Research by City Mayors*
16 July 2014: The preamble to the City Mayors’ Code of Ethics states that honest local government is the foundation of any nation that strives to provide its citizens with happiness, security and prosperity. It continues to say that corruption and misconduct by local government officials threaten fundamental decency in a society. America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which warns that public corruption poses a fundamental threat to national security and the US way of life, has over the past four decades investigated hundreds of elected officials, who used their positions to enrich themselves. Among those convicted are leaders of some of the largest US cities, including Detroit, New Orleans or Baltimore, but also many mayors from small-town America.
The title of the most corrupt US mayor in recent years must go to Detroit’s Kwame Kilpatrick, who took office in 2002, promising to revitalise the city. Instead he used his position to steal from the citizens he had promised to serve. FBI Special Agent Robert Beckman, who investigated the mayor and his corrupt regime for eight years, said that criminal activity was a way of life for him. “He constantly used the power of his office to look for new opportunities to make money illegally.”
In July 2013, Kwame Kilpatrick was given a 28-year prison sentence for racketeering, extortion, bribery and fraud. In its submission the FBI said that Kilpatrick and his associates established a ‘pay to play’ system that made breaking the law standard operating procedure. “Kilpatrick extorted city vendors, rigged bids, and took bribes. He used funds from non-profit civic organisations to line his pockets and those of his family. And he was unabashed about it.”
Trenton’s (NJ) former mayor Tony Mack received a 58-months prison sentence in May 2014 after being convicted of extortion and bribery. Together with his brother Ralphiel, the former mayor operated a scheme of accepting bribes in exchange for assisting local businesses. A member of the US Attorney’s office told the court that within 10 weeks of moving into City Hall, the mayor started to sell influence. “Instead of providing transparent government to the citizens of Trenton, Tony Mack and his brother allowed themselves to succumb to self-interest and greed.”
Ray Nagin, who served as Mayor of New Orleans from 2002 to 2010, came to national and international prominence in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed large parts of the city. In 2009, three years after being re-elected to a second term, allegations began to emerge of the mayor using his office to obtain benefits from local companies supplying the city. In February 2014, a court convicted Ray Nagin of bribery and extortion. The court was told that the mayor took more than $500,000 n payouts from businessmen in exchange for millions of dollars' worth of city contracts.
The former mayor’s sentencing brought to a close close a sordid chapter in New Orleans’ history in which the man charged with leading a city out of crisis instead chose to enrich himself, his family and friends. Despite New Orleans' long history of political corruption, Nagin was the first mayor to be criminally charged for corruption in office.
After only four months in office, Patrick Cannon, Mayor of Charlotte (NC), resigned after he was arrested by the FBI for public theft and bribery. The arrest followed an FBI sting operation that dated back to 2010. Following the former mayor’s guilty plea in June 2014, a spokesman for the US Attorney office said in a statement that Parick Cannon had used his official position to enrich himself at the expense of the City of Charlotte. “Through his actions, Cannon betrayed the trust of his constituents and his peers, compromised the integrity of our local government, and damaged Charlotte’s good reputation as a city that does business the honest way.”
List of US mayors who used their office
to enrich themselves and their associates
SentenceYear of sentence
Tony MackTrenton, NJ (Popl 84,500)Corruption58 months prison2014
Ray NaginNew Orleans, LA (369,250)Corruption10 years prison2014
Patrick Cannon Charlotte, NC (793,000)Theft and briberyAwaiting sentence2014
Omar Leonel VelaProgreso, TX (5,700)Bribery and corruptionAwaiting sentence2014
Kwame KilpatrickDetroit, MI (701,500)Racketeering, extortion, mail fraud28 years prison2013
Dennis P. ElwellSecaucus, NJ (18,350)BriberyPrison2011
Larry KangfordBirmingham, AL (212,000)Bribery, fraud15 years prison2010
Eddie PriceMandeville, LA (12,100)Tax evasion and corruption40 months prison2010
Peter CammaranoHoboken, NJExtortion24 months prison2009
Sheila Ann DixonBaltimore, MD (621,000)EmbezzlementLoss of pension2009
Sharpe JamesNewark, NJ (277,000)Fraud27 months prison2008
Samuel RiveraPassaic, NJ (70,200)Attempted extortion21 months prison2008
Emmanuel OnunworEast Cleveland, OH (17,800)Corruption and tax evasion9 years prison2005
Anthony RussoHoboken, NJ (52,000)Public corruption30 months prison2004
Joseph Peter GanimBridgeport. CN (146,400)KickbacksPrison2003
Vincent Albert CianciProvidence, RI (178,400)Racketeering5 years prison2002
Betty Loren-MalteseCicero, IL (84,000)Insurance fraud 8 years prison2002
Milon MilanCamden, NJ (77,300)Corruption7 years prison2000
Raúl L. MartínezHialeah, FL (231,900)Extortion and racketeeringJury deadlocked1996
Walter TuckerCompton, CA (97,600)Extortion and tax evasion27 months prison1996
Charles PanikiChicago Heights, IL (30,400)Bribery10 years prison1993
Gerald McCannJersey City, NJ (254,400)Fraud2 years prison1992
Alex DaoudMiami Beach, FL (90,600)Bribery18 months prison1991
Lee AlexanderSyracure, NY (145,000)Racketeering, extortion, tax invasion, bribery10 years prison1988
Michael J. MatthewsAtlantic City, NJ (39,500)Bribery15 years prison1984
Edward McIntyreAugusta, GA (194,300)ExtortionPrison1984
Angelo Joseph ErrichettiCamden, NJ (77,300)Bribery3 years prison1981
William SomersAtlantic City, NJ (39,500)Extortionn/a1972
Thomas WhelanJersey City, NJ (254,400)Conspiracy and extortion 15 years prison1971
Hugh Joseph AddonizioNewark, NJ (277,000)BriberyPrison1970
The above list is not necessarily inclusive. Please infor us of any other cases of city hall corruption.
Other recent cases of mayors arrested, indicted
and / or convicted for offences while in office:
• Mayor of West New York, NJ, arrested for computer hacking (2012)
• Mayor of Walnut Grove, Mississippi, for witness tampering (2012)
• Mayor of Upland, CA, convicted of accepting bribes (2012)
• Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, charged with bribery, theft and fraud (2012)
• Mayor of Cedarville, Arkansas, convicted of theft (2012)
• Mayor of Vicksburg, Mississippi, convicted of bribery (2013)
• Mayor of Junction City, Kansas, convicted of bribery (2012)
• Mayor of Melissa, Texas, indicted on bribery (2012)
• Mayor of Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, arrested for bribery (2012)
• Mayor of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, indicted on bribery and extortion (2014)
• Mayor of St Gabriel, LA, indicted on racketeering (2010)
• Mayor of Ball, LA, convicted of hurricane disaster fraud (2011)
• Mayor of Sweetwater, Florida, convicted of corruption (2014)
• Mayor of South Pittsburg, TN, convicted of running illegal gambling business
• Mayor of Grandview, Missouri, convicted of charity fraud (2014)
• Mayor of Cudahy, CA, pleads guilty to extortion and bribery (2012)
• Mayor of Port Allen, LA, convicted of racketeering (2012)
• Mayor of Kinloch, Missouri, convicted for fraud and embezzlement (2011)
• Mayor of Mandeville, LA, convicted for tax evasion (2010)
• Mayor of Pineville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to vote buying (2009)
• Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty to fraud (2010)
• Mayor of Hamilton, NJ, charged with attempted extortion (2012)
• Mayor of New Roads, LA, indicted on racketeering (2010)
Here we have another connection to fraud and corruption and yes it is tied to NAACP, Wall Street Baltimore Development, and has a Wall Street player lining up to be in our Maryland Assembly along with the other COMPROMISED ASSEMBLY POLS.
It is impossible for good people to get ahead in Baltimore because they always end connected with someone who is going to fleeced them-----WE SAY IN BALTIMORE WHEN WE WALK OUT THE DOOR IN THE MORNING----HANDS UP DON'T LOOT TO OUR WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT.
From a friend:
TBT... Will J Hanna II Chair of the NAACP Economic Development Committee has a long history of fraud. Will "Flip Flopper" Hanna II is a supporter and friend of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. Money stole from the city under Blake's administration and money missing everywhere Hanna goes. Don't take his wooden nickels. I'm sure by-laws are being violated with NAACP allowing the ex felon to head such a serious committee. I will be researching the by-laws in detail. Lets clean up the Baltimore City NAACP.
This is a great YOU TUBE video everyone should watch because it is happening in your neck of the woods---in Baltimore it is thick as mud. These smaller players are allowed to act freely because the people at the top are taking billions each year in these same fraud and corruption games.
Will Hanna Jr is a FRAUD
Published on Oct 7, 2012Will Hanna Jr is a LIAR and a Fraud and this is my PSA to warn others!
For the shorter version check out THIS link: http://youtu.be/BpNa6RmzzOA?t=8m51s
To contact me send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If any of you worked for Will Hanna and were never paid I highly recommend that you file a suit (no FEE) against him. http://www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wag...
UPDATE [1.29.13] - Proud to say that the Judge awarded me my judgement against Will Hanna!!!! However, the onus is on ME to make sure I collect the money that is due me. THAT will be an UPHILL battle but at least the JUSTICE system worked for ME!
UPDATE [3.02.13] - DLLR has forwarded my case to the States Attorney General along with approval to receive 3X's what was originally due to me from Will Hanna.
UPDATE [10.20.13] - BOTH cases have been awarded in MY favor against Mr. Will Hanna.
It is interesting that a conservative media outlet talks of the corruption from gambling as it is Republicans who push these very, very,very, very, very bad economic structures. Yes, all that lost revenue in gambling could be keeping a each community local economic alive but that is not what global Wall Street wanted. Gambling is yet another TAX on WE THE PEOPLE and it is needed because global corporations and the rich are paying NO TAXES. There has been throughout thousands of years history no other business with corruption and fraudulent ties than casinos and already our Maryland casino owners have been implicated in just that. Who pushed these Maryland and Baltimore casinos in Prince Georges County and Baltimore----TWO US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES------global 1% Wall STreet Clinton far-right neo-liberals----NOT DEMOCRATS----but far-right REAGAN neo-liberals.
Here is one of the most corrupt and fraudulent pols in Maryland ------Mayor of Baltimore then Governor of Maryland O'Malley----and none of this has anything to do with the Democratic Party---they are simply Robber Baron pols.
'Maryland’s former Republican governor, Robert Ehrlich, also supported expanded gambling in the state for similar reasons—but even he never had the chutzpah to proclaim a “data-driven” approach to governance, like both Rawlings-Blake and O’Malley, while embracing an economic development strategy proven to increase crime, poverty, and addiction'.
How Casinos Corrupt Cities
Baltimore gambles on dens of crony capitalism instead of community-centric economic development.By Matthew Loftus • September 24, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at Horseshoe grand opening. Maryland GovPics / cc
Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino opened last month to capacity crowds as Caesar’s Entertainment entered Maryland’s already-crowded gambling market. Our selfie-loving Governor and a host of other local politicians joined Iggy Azalea, Gladys Knight, and even Guy Fieri (his new restaurant is one of three on-site) for the celebration. The line to get in stretched well around the block and into the parking garage, where prospective patrons could watch fireworks shooting off in the daytime as they admired showgirls pouring drinks while suspended in midair. Those politicians and businessmen responsible for bringing the casino into existence stood by and repeated well-worn lines touting the economic benefits that would flow to the city and state from this endeavor.
Baltimore is only the latest in an increasingly long national line of former industrial cities looking to make a splash and refill its coffers by going with gambling. Yet when you consider David Frum’s well-documented case that casinos are very bad for local economies, and even worse for local communities, those cities’ future prospects start to look even more tragic.
Baltimore has long been beset by a large, flashy downtown developments whose main goal is to attract tourists and whoever it is that buys waterfront condominiums, even while the city itself is still losing permanent residents. The Baltimore Grand Prix, for example, only made it through three years of unprofitable existence before “scheduling conflicts” prevented it from reappearing for 2014 and 2015 after years of complaints from local naysayers concerned about the city pumping so much money into a one-weekend event (some of which the city is still ponying up for years later). While the city, admirably, continues to lend its support to smaller-scale developments in neighborhoods—my own included--the biggest projects continue to totemically shout “jobs!” while handing out larger and larger tax breaks to developers, and shoehorning upper-class amenities into “Enterprise Zones” intended for poorer areas. One of the more comic elements in the whole story is that the campaign contributions given by the developers of Harbor Point, the latest Baltimore waterfront development, run from $250 to the mere thousands, while the tax breaks handed out in return are measured in the millions. In a particularly egregious media-oriented move, the main developer will himself buy the first round of bonds floated by the city to help pay for his construction.
THIS HARBOR POINT DEAL WAS OPEN RACKETEERING! CRAZY STUFF ONLY DONE IN THIRD WORLD NATIONS.
Democratic leaders in Maryland have been quite invested in gambling. Gov. Martin O’Malley once called a special session to approve a new casino in Prince George’s County despite having called slot machines a “morally bankrupt” way to fund education. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has very openly embraced gaming as a crucial part of the city’s economic future, and even took the time between bites of Caesar’s-subsidized salmon two years ago to regret that voters “were being misled” intentionally on the casino issue. Despite her earlier ambition to have all 1,700 casino jobs filled by Baltimore residents, she was apparently pleased that local residents will make up 51 percent of the workforce, and she defended the decision to use the community impact fund for the steam line. Maryland’s former Republican governor, Robert Ehrlich, also supported expanded gambling in the state for similar reasons—but even he never had the chutzpah to proclaim a “data-driven” approach to governance, like both Rawlings-Blake and O’Malley, while embracing an economic development strategy proven to increase crime, poverty, and addiction.
Baltimore’s casino is not “built to meld in,” but to make itself the center of attention and budgets. The Horseshoe is as close to the two stadiums and a major hospital as humanly possible, and it will require additional police, EMS, and transportation services (including extensive repaving) for an area that was already underserved, to the tune of $7 million. It is plopped alongside an interstate that is already overburdened with commuters whose options for getting into or out of the city are extremely limited. Repairing steam line running to the casino cost $3 million, for which the city raided a “community impact fund” in order to make sure that Caesar’s hit their advertised opening date. (Local independent journalists later found that the casino should have been responsible for the $3 million if city ordinances had been followed.) Even that number is overshadowed by the revelation that 80 percent of “community impact funds” will be spent supporting the casino.
There are opportunities here for urban conservatives to exercise leadership on casinos and big-ticket development, but it will require bucking party shibboleths on both sides. Effective opposition to the rank crony capitalism that accompanies high-profile downtown development requires an alliance across ideological and party lines. Conservatives and liberals both have naturally principled objections to government coziness with big business, but the corrupt status quo is sustained, as in many major cities, by the one-party domination of Baltimore’s politics and the relentless flow of money to politicians who are (sometimes literally) in bed with lobbyists. Until the city comes to its senses and boosts civic participation with open primaries (or Republicans actually turn out to the polls in numbers sufficient to win some elections), conservatives in Baltimore and similar cities should probably just register Democrat and inject their voices and votes into the discussion wherever possible. They could also do as Carol Ott, named Baltimore’s Best Republican by the alt-weekly City Paper, does and simply engage their community without changing their registration. And conservatives outside the city limits can voice their opposition to state subsidies for such activities.
Another natural opportunity can be found in religious opposition to slots, which will require working in tandem with historically African-American churches. Theological objections to gambling are not just products of abstract moral principles or outdated religious attitudes, but are driven by the exploitative nature of state-run gambling, which in many ways can be viewed as a tax on poor people in Baltimore for the benefit of the already-richer counties. Some of the loudest opposition to gaming expansion in Maryland came from black churches in communities that would be hit the hardest by predatory gambling. Similarly, community associations are a good way for conservatives to begin engaging—the Westport Neighborhood Association has been among the most vocal casino opponents, fighting on behalf of its residents against the well-funded gambling powers.
What are the alternatives to flashy downtown developments that suck money from city residents into the hands of Caesar’s Wall Street creditors? For one, the city could focus more energy and attention on initiatives that benefit smaller, needier neighborhoods. In my own community of Sandtown-Winchester, this has taken the form of an urban farm that hires men and women returning home from prison. Here, investment from the city is supporting the production of a commodity that is useful to the neighborhood, reclaiming unused land that was formerly blighted or vacant, and encouraging local ownership among citizens who need as many opportunities as they can get. Supporting neighborhood commercial zoning would require even fewer city funds and has the potential to make a bigger impact in bringing economic power to neighborhoods. Even bigger projects such as railyard renovation or increasing accessibility to parks can easily improve local fortunes with better planning and political mobilization.
Gambling interests and their political puppets will continue to sow economic, cultural, and social tares until thoughtful city residents band together against them at poll booths, council hearings, and the streets. Baltimore’s politicians and other urban planners are intelligent people who speak quite frequently of their concern for the city’s well-being. This leaves them with absolutely no excuse for supporting a parasitic industry in exchange for a cut of the earnings. They are not lightly gambling away their city’s future, they are heaving it away with gusto. Now that they have bet their money—and ours—on casinos, it is time for voters to call them to account and call for wiser investments. That should be a conservative message if there ever was one.
Of course Wall Street Baltimore Development is not the only one ---all US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones are doing this because----THEY ARE BREAKING DOWN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A RULE OF LAW, US CONSTITUTIONAL, SOVEREIGN NATION, STATE, CITY. This creates an environment of chaos that represents what exists in developing nations-----and that is to where Wall Street global pols are taking America.
November 30 at 6:09pm · Memphis officials brag they snared an auto exporter away from Mississippi using $1.2 million of corporate welfare. The company will bring 40 jobs to Memphis. The problem — the company's old headquarters is less than 10 miles across the state line and most employees will probably remain Mississippi residents. http://bit.ly/2gK1KeU
Now, Memphis is doing just what Baltimore is doing----it is making itself a US Foreign Economic Zone and of course is sending billions of dollars to corporate subsidy and creating great government corruption.
Now, in the south citizens really do not like this global labor pool and southern pols are the ones pushing this the most. So, whether a corporate campus receiving subsidy creates forty jobs as this article complains the greater issue is that many times they are filled with global labor pool workers working for lower and lower and lower wages----often stolen or fleeced on top of that. They have no rights so that is OK and that is why global Wall Street pols are building immigrant density in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones. Things will get pretty bad for global factory workers as Trans Pacific Trade Pact has everyone working as if they were in developing Asia.
The last point is this: Memphis has a billion in debt as it commits all future revenue to these global corporate campuses---guess what? Think Memphis will fall into bankruptcy with this coming economic crash-----INDEED----THAT'S THE GOAL OF GREAT MUNICIPAL BOND DEBT.
Memphis hands out more than $1 million in corporate welfare to entice auto company
The company, International Distributors USA, will relocate to Memphis, bringing 40 jobs with it.
The company now operates out of Olive Branch, Mississippi.
With a move pending, the people who work at IDUSA have no need to sell their homes or pull their kids out of local schools. Odds are, a lot of these people aren’t moving to Memphis or anywhere else in Tennessee, said Vickie DuPree, CEO of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce.
CORPORATE WELFARE: Memphis has given out a generous amount of money in corporate welfare, records show. (photo courtesy of Flickr.com and https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
“Do you realize where Olive Branch is related to Memphis? We’re on the state line, and this industrial drive is just a stone’s throw away from Memphis,” DuPree told Tennessee Watchdog.
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Many people in Olive Branch commute to work in Memphis, and vice versa.
“If you’re driving on Interstate 22 into Mississippi, the first exit to Olive Branch is Exit No. 1. We run into each other. Actually, we like to think Memphis came and ran into us.”
No one at IDUSA’s Olive Branch location answered any of their listed phone numbers Tuesday or Wednesday. A job posted Tuesday on Indeed.com calls Olive Branch a suburb of Memphis.
Reid Dulberger, president of the Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine, which gave out the money, said he expects most of the IDUSA workers will commute to work from Mississippi.
Dulberger couldn’t say whether IDUSA officials will create new positions after moving to Memphis.
IDUSA was in Olive Branch for three years. Before that the company was in Memphis. DuPree said IDUSA never belonged to her city’s chamber, and she believes the company never intended to stay in Olive Branch long-term.
Despite doing nothing to improve Memphis’ 6.8 percent unemployment rate — among people who actually live in the city — Dulberger said the company’s return is a win for Memphis.
“We are taking back a company that used to be here and relocated to Mississippi to accommodate what was growth,” Dulberger said.
IDUSA will relocate from a 165,000-square-foot building to a building with 500,000 square feet, according to the Memphis Business Journal.
“Now they have outgrown their current facility, and we are able to bring them back. Over time, companies located in Memphis or Shelby County are able to hire local residents,” Dulberger said.
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According to the newspaper, EDGE offered IDUSA a 75 percent abatement of Memphis and Shelby County taxes for 10 years. The tax incentive will total $1.2 million with a local tax benefit to the city and county of almost $1.9 million.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal said the company’s average annual wage is $37,100.
As reported last year, EDGE is an unelected board of 11 people in Memphis and Shelby County. The organization gave $9.5 million in tax incentives to IKEA so it would build a store in the city.
Reid Dulberger (photo courtesy of Shelby County’s official website)
Mayors from both the city and the county appoint the 11 board members.
Memphis officials have already given away plenty in incentive packages.
Five years ago, for instance, state officials gave away $100 million so Electrolux would set up shop in Memphis, with city and county officials adding on an additional $20 million each.
Members of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office have already warned Memphis officials to tighten the city’s finances, or the state would intervene.
Memphis taxpayers paid $30 million to convert the long-troubled Memphis Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops resort. The revenue for that project came from taxes on hotels, motels and car rentals.
Shelby County’s debt last year was more than $1 billion, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The paper said Memphis’ debt was more than $1.46 billion.
The reason our US cities are soaked in fraud and corruption is that is what the 1% and their 2% wanted. The pols installed these few decades from REAGAN/CLINTON deregulating, outsourcing, dismantling Federal oversight and accountability----to using EXECUTIVE ORDER called Federalism Act saying Federal agencies would not enforce Federal laws, regulations, would not audit or charge any state and local office with crimes-----THAT IS WHAT CAUSED BAD CITY GOVERNMENT. Partnering with global Wall Street in Master Plans allowing our US cities to wither on the vine just so they could bring global corporations---their global campuses and global factories back to cover our communities and take our city, state, and national wealth----THAT IS WHAT CREATED THESE PROBLEMS and yes, it was the executive position of Mayor and Governor that was critical in finding the right SHOW ME THE MONEY AND I'LL DO ANYTHING WALL STREET TELLS ME pols.
'In order to change over to the system that such large cities as Phoenix, San Jose, Calif., and Austin, Texas have, the movement will need to come from the citizens, who would need to be ready to get rid of the concept of the mayor as municipal savior'.
The cities listed above are the furthest in MOVING FORWARD to ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE----meaning they have dismantled all of what was US governance and operate as they do overseas---and yes, these are Republican cities as is Baltimore. We do not want a CITY MANAGER----APPOINTED BECAUSE THAT IS THE FINAL STRAW IN ELECTIVE GOVERNMENT. Who trains these folks? We are told of course IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITIES APPOINTING OTHER IVY LEAGUE GRADS AND FOREIGN CORPORATE EXECUTIVES ----and VOILA----we have global corporate throughout our city government. When a Detroit goes into bankruptcy the first thing that is done----send in that CITY MANAGER----and does that end well for the citizens? No, but Wall Street handles all the finances and global corporations are moved in for next to nothing----
EVERY BALTIMORE CITY AGENCY IS OUTSOURCED TO A GLOBAL CORPORATION AND WE THINK ASSIGNING A CORPORATE CEO TO BASICALLY CONTROL CITY HALL AS WALL STREET BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT DOES ALL ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT ----AND ARE THE SOURCE OF ALL THIS CORPORATE FRAUD AND GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION IS THE ANSWER? IF YOU ARE GLOBAL WALL STREET THAT WOULD BE A YES.
City's governmental structure encourages official corruption
December 06, 2009|By David B. LevyTo a greater degree than many people in Baltimore realize, the structure of the city's municipal government contributes to the stream of painful news stories about how "inside" influence affects government decisions - last week's conviction of Mayor Sheila Dixon on one count of embezzlement being the most dramatic recent example.
The strong-mayor system, in which all key policy and management decisions flow from the mayor's authority, was eliminated from thousands of U.S. local governments in the 20th century, beginning with the "good government" reforms of the Progressive Era. However, Baltimore's government never experienced those reforms, meaning that Baltimoreans still live in a "boss" system where almost all hope, credit and blame end up singularly associated with the mayor.
It is clear that developers and other interest groups perceive - probably correctly - that the best method to gain decisions in their favor is to "grease" the pathway. Sometimes that grease is pure corruption. More frequently, it is some version of interest peddling that does not quite rise to the level of outright corruption. Either way, it bends governmental decisions away from the public interest and toward the private interest of those doing the greasing.
The best-managed and cleanest local governments in the United States are not strong-mayor governments; they are council-manager governments. This is the structure of almost half of the local governments in the U.S. There are a few varieties of this form of government, in terms of the roles of the mayor and the city council; In all of them, however, the job of the mayor is not to be the chief executive officer, with responsibility for day-to-day management and decision-making. That job is handled by a professional city manager hired by the mayor and city council. There are universities that train these managers, who would bring expertise in management/administration and an ethic of clean and efficient government.
In this system, the mayor and the city council together set policy, make laws/ordinances, and establish and approve the budget. They also provide oversight of operations, holding the city manager to account. The city manager is responsible for hiring and management.
One way to think of this structure is that the mayor and the city council would be like a board of trustees, with the mayor chairing the board and the city manager as the hired CEO.
One great advantage of this system is that it insulates day-to-day management from the intrusion of politics. There would be no benefit of "greasing" decisions with the mayor or with individual council members, because they would not have that sort of power. Of course, there would be a risk that this influence greasing would move over to the bureaucracy staff, but that is not how it has turned out. Experience around the country is that council-manager systems tend to be far cleaner.
In order to change over to the system that such large cities as Phoenix, San Jose, Calif., and Austin, Texas have, the movement will need to come from the citizens, who would need to be ready to get rid of the concept of the mayor as municipal savior. Such a charter-reform movement would have the goal of overcoming the cynicism that pervades conversations about Baltimore's city government and have the ideal of creating a government about which the citizens could be proud - but would still be vigilant.
David B. Levy, a Baltimore native and Montgomery County resident, is a former employee in the Baltimore Housing and Community Development and Planning departments. His e-mail is davidblevy@