I do not get to pick the slides and craft the entire message. It is a group effort. Everyone has the ability to look at data and draw their own conclusion. I tend to not buy into two of the slides. My take on the data is that I was involved in only the past three economic development efforts. I explained the logic on those earlier. I will be involved in the next two years of possible economic development efforts. So my focus is on the future and what influence if any I had on the past three projects.
I do not have a track record of ten years of economic development influence. You seem to infer that my comment on look at the future is designed to obfuscate the tax issue and votes that I may have cast on the issue. That allegation is false as I have a very limited record – three votes on specific economic development issues. I do not have a ten year track record of votes on this topic. For that reason I tend to look at this tax from the standpoint of what happened during the past three years and what can happen in the future. In the past three years the LWC position has been supported by change of the economic development application process to place heavy emphasis on high wages, the last two companies have all wages above the LWC desires. Only MATC, and educational organization had two employees below the artificial LWC wage floor.
I believe I have adequately explained how I view the five part tax in earlier posts. I want the voter to have the facts so that they can make an informed determination based on all of the information. Voting no on this tax will accomplish nothing for the idea of forcing a living wage on the community. What it will do is kill future eco devo efforts, which are not my priority. A failed ½ sales tax may be viewed by the LWC as a victory, but it will be a pyrrhic victory; because the defeat of the roads, infrastructure, small cities and debt reduction part of the tax will be a consequence of that victory. The resulting budget turmoil for 2014 for both the County and the City may have adverse implications for many other projects that various groups support.