The "can do" model for the Chamber of Commerce is one of corporate welfare. The local Chamber's vision includes local taxpayers giving the Chamber corporate welfare of $1 million a year from city and county property and sales tax revenue, to fund top heavy $200K plus salaries, and sightseeing trips oversees under the color of commerce. It's all fun with other people's money.
The Chamber of Commerce is an umbrella of converting public resources to private corporate welfare. We pay taxes for infrastructure, and public services, and our local government gives our taxes to the Chamber of Commerce from the working poor, middle class, retired, and small business.
PILOTs, payments in lieu of taxes exempts the A list of Chamber membership from paying for services, that the rest of population retired, working, and small business must pay for these rich corporations.
The Chamber of Commerce has wealthy corporations as members that do not need $1 million a year from mandated property taxes from citizens.
Bottom line, Chattanooga has a poverty rate that has increased to 31 percent, and the corporate welfare koolaid is making Chattanooga more impoverished in the Chamber's economic principles of exempt all the largest corporations from property taxes.
Finally, Why do our elected officials give the Chamber $1 million a year in property taxes? Answer: Lobby, not real need. Corporate welfare is making Chattanooga poor, 31 of each 100 people in Chattanooga live in poverty, while the Chamber eats cake.
magneta, "dividing the city" oh you mean replacing all the city council members and outing pervasive bid corruption. Last time I checked the voters got rid of the inept council members. As for corruption, You can thank a network of watch groups for that.
Ms. Sohn has quoted me in her prior work, so yes I consider her a professional friend. So, grow up. I am happy to see our friend since the early 90's get promoted, and that is really none of your business Nickelodeon Liberal.
Have a great day, the sun is shinning. Thinking you may need more sunlight for your spirit.
jjmez your should not limit yourself to right or left, consider all perspectives.
Jjmez, Having my back, that is so funny. No one has my back. Another sexist underestimating women. I could care less who you are. you sound like someone bitter from the campaign trail or .......
I would match my reputation over both of you little girls hiding behind user names.
My post was directed to my friend gjuster,who is a real friend of mine. I could care less about cowards hiding behind user names.
I make no apologies for decades of civic work and having great friends.
jjmez I have known Pam since that early 90's when we crossed paths professionally, in the regulatory world and we all respected her. I have lots of liberal and conservative friends. You should limit not yourself to just right of left you cannot lean with just one perspective.
dirty file how funny, watch group posts everything, nothing is held back.
Yes, lots of conservatives like Pam. Are you suggesting we cannot>?
Well yes, gjuster you can keep chickens called Easy123, they make lots of noise, while hiding in the woods scare of their own shadow, unless they are hiding :-)
We are southeast TN, We are a linear state running west to east, our north to south pales geographically, but ok.
Pam, you are a rock star investigative journalist, that is highly respected by regulatory agencies throughout the state.
TFP did something correct for a change and hired you to fill Harry Austin's shoes. That will not be a problem for you. We are all so excited for you. Professionally, you have grown to amazing levels, your last big investigative piece "Saving Mary" brought me to tears. I think you are about the right thing, not right or left.
Best Wishes. The TFP is lucky to have you!!!!
Reasonable people are aware of the mass of corporate welfare that is impoverishing Chattanooga. Chattanooga currently has a poverty rate of 31 percent, up from 20 percent prior to VW.
The corporate welfare or PILOT agreements and crony scams that funnel our taxpayer funds to corporate welfare, are brought to you by the greatest corporate welfare agency in Chattanooga, the "Chamber of Commerce" recipient of $1 million a year of our local tax dollars. The Chamber writes the PILOT contracts to give our hard earned tax dollars to rich corporations.
Who elected the Chamber of Commerce or River City to have tax authority to exempt? Sadly, you city and county elected officials granted the Chamber of Commerce and River City this authority. That needs to stop.
I found it interesting that the city employees charged with making recommendations to the Industrial board for bond payments to VW had their adult children hired as managers at VW. Is this called conflict or interest, or cronyism, or just the normal standard in local government in East Tennessee?