Save Our State of Massachusetts
The Evergreen situation shows why government shouldn’t be the decision-maker on the viability of businesses. It further proves that the Democrat way does not work. The philosophy of government knowing best is wrong.
Picking and Choosing Winners for our Massachusetts economy is a strategy that is not working. Take Evergreen Solar as a perfect example of this failed strategy. Evergreen Solar was touted at a ribbon- cutting at Devens in July 2008 as being the leader of solar manufacturing with the promise of hundreds of permanent jobs for our green economy. For the jobs promise, a state gift of $58 million and a 30-year $1 per year lease of 23 acres, and we are all good to go. Well not exactly. This deal represents one of the largest public aid packages Massachusetts has provided to a private company, yet the 450,000 square foot manufacturing plant will be shuttered and 800 Massachusetts jobs eliminated. So what happened in 2 1/2 years since the ribbon cutting? Despite the passage of the Green Communities Act and the creation of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, it is a plain and simple fact that Massachusetts remains a high cost state in which to do business, and to manufacture anything. According to Evergreen’s chief executive, production costs at Devens were too high compared to those in China. So we can continue to pick winners and losers at taxpayers expense, or we can get real about creating an economic climate that is attractive to manufacturers and employers, otherwise we will continue to drive away business and hinder our ability to nurture new and growing industries. What’s the next pick to go south? CapeWind…at the rate payers expense?