…Cecil County Government decided they had a better use for your money.
They awarded thousands of dollars in the form of a taxpayer-funded hand-out to one of the biggest retailers in the world.
Recently, Cecil County Politicians and The Cecil County Department of Economic Development were touting this announcement:
As part of the deal to entice Lidl to choose Cecil County as their home, they are being promised $20,000.00 of taxpayer money to aid with “workforce development.”
So who is Lidl and why do they “need” our money to train their employees?
According to The Business Insider, Lidl is a German retailer that generated about $84 billion in sales in Europe alone in 2015!
That’s right. $84 BILLION in sales and Cecil County taxpayers are being robbed of their income to pay to train Lidl’s employees!
And not only are you being robbed, you are also being lied to.
The announcement of Lidl’s opening goes on to state that will also be provided with a $16,000 “conditional loan.”
We contacted Lisa Webb, Cecil County Director of Economic Development to get clarification on the meaning of “conditional loan.”
To regular folks like you and I, a loan is something that is paid back over a period of time, usually with interest.
But in this case, a “conditional loan” is nothing more than a deceptive term for a gift that Webb admitted does not need to be paid back if certain conditions are met.
Using terms like “workforce development grant” and “conditional loan” is nothing more than a dishonest attempt to hide the truth from the public.
The truth is that you and I are being stripped of $36,000.00 in order to gift it to one of the largest retailers in the world.
And it’s not just the $36,000.00 at the local level.
The Maryland Dept. of Commerce has approved a $360,000.00 “conditional loan” for Lidl which will be paid for by all Maryland taxpayers – including you.
Grants and gifts, paid for by citizens like you and I, to huge foreign corporations so that they can further increase their profits.
Are you angry yet?
Well, hold on. It gets worse.
Our County Executive and members of our County Council have been patting themselves on the back and taking credit for the 100 jobs that this distribution center will supposedly create.
After all, nothing is better for a politician’s career than touting job creation, even if it’s not entirely true.
Here’s what they are not telling you.
While Lidl may create some new jobs in Cecil County, no one is telling the public how many jobs they may kill.
The Business Insider reports that retailers Food Lion, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Walmart will be challenged by Lidl’s move to take over the American market.
This means that there is the potential that jobs merely get transferred from one retailer to another with no net benefit to our economy.
And Lidl is known for keeping prices low by investing far less in customer service and merchandising so that fewer employees are needed.
In other words, my money and your money could be used to contribute to the downfall of American companies…
…while benefiting a foreign company with a reputation for hiring fewer employees.
This is exactly why government needs to stay out of the free-market and refrain from picking winners and losers with taxpayer dollars.
What precedent has been set now that our County Executive, County Council, and Dept.Of Economic Development have started handing out your tax dollars to big business?
Won’t every business that considers moving to Cecil County expect “free” money deals like Lidl is getting?
Let’s put this genie back in the bottle before it’s too late.
Help us put an end to corporate welfare in Cecil County once and for all.
Your opposition to these hand-outs will help us pressure the County Council and County Executive to put an end to this outrageous use of taxpayer dollars.
Our goal is to make sure that your money is never again used to line the pockets of wealthy businesses.
We’ll be addressing the County Council at a future meeting to get more information which will be passed on to you.
Please share this information with friends and family to raise awareness of this important local issue.
We appreciate your support!