Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling asked Rhode Island officials for more money for his video game company 38 Studios LLC in a private meeting Wednesday morning, held to discuss whether its reported financial troubles threaten the state’s $75 million investment in the company.
So Rhode Islanders suffer through a lousy economy, cut schools/libraries/fire/police, and this turkey wants another payout?
This is not the way to do things. (And yes, that includes Evergreen and Solyndra.)
When a business says, “Give us a tax break”, the state should say,
“But here’s what we will give you:
- “We will give you good workers, people who have been well-educated by prepared, accountable school systems.
- “We will provide you with good infrastructure, so that you can get to work on time and get your products to market effectively.
- “We will provide you — to the extent a state can — with good health care, clean air, clean water, and nice public amenities, so that people will want to move here, stay here, and dedicate their lives to your mutual success.
- “We will keep our rules and regulations clear, to make it easy to know where and how to set up, and keep the lawyers away.
- “And because of all of these things, we will provide you with a market for your goods — ie., a public that is capable of affording and enjoying your product.”
That’s setting up a business for success: not throwing good money after bad.