Boise made another list today when the Associated Press noted the city of trees ranked #27 in the nation when it comes to home foreclosure rates. Much of that reason is thanks to inept government at tall levels and greedy developers.
Local politicos worked hard to accommodate developers and builders with one stop shopping at development services, and a host of crimes aimed at encouraging growth–including annexation and approval of really bad planned communities and subdivisions.
Meanwhile bankers and assorted mortgage brokers falsified incomes, net worth, and inflated values of property.
Big businesses like Micron and Albertson were given tax breaks helping Boise get on “business friendly” city lists. One big reason Boise and Idaho were so “business friendly” was low unemployment taxes.
What a rip-off! The big employers got special tax treatment and didn’t pay much of anything for unemployment tax on their large labor force. Now those of us who manage to run a profitable business are forced to pay more than double the unemployment rate to take care of the greedy big companies. To make it worse, Micron sends jobs overseas and qualifies its idled workers for two full years of unemployment–most of it at expense of others.
Same old story. There is no free lunch and the big guys control the little people who run our governments. Despite what you may hear from the Chamber of Commerce, businesses simply do NOT locate in Boise so they can pay higher wages. They come for cheap labor and electricity and if they can find cheap elsewhere, they will go there.
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