Boise cheerleaders are at it once again, dumping public money into a sales pitch for a corporate welfare plan under the delusion business will flock to the City of Trees if you pay them enough. This time the idea is pay airlines–with federal matching funds–to fly routes that are otherwise not profitable in a free market environment.
Idaho already has more minimum wage workers than the rest of the country to attract businessmen. Because we are according, to Mayor Dave Bieter, “the most remote city of its size in the country,” we want frequent flights to the East Coast. The GUARDIAN can tell you with authority and experience it is possible to fly EVERYWHERE in the entire world from Boise.
What these do-gooders forget when they seek to offer welfare payments to the airlines is this: The flights go BOTH DIRECTIONS, round trip. Wouldn’t it be logical if a flight were added to Washington, New York, or Atlanta for those places to pay at least half? After all we are bringing them visitors and everyone knows every visitor spends hundreds of dollars and that is multiplied many times over in the economy.
As happens all too often with Idaho local government, the politicos stayed under the $25,000 threshold which would have required bidding for those providing services. The “services” are presumably more PR and opinion-shaping marketing types to help obtain a $700,000 subsidy grant from the Feds. Dare we call it “ObamaFare?”
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