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Even Tax Credits Can not Keep Businesses in Anti Business New Jersey

New Jersey Democrats Move to Raise Taxes


OCTOBER 26, 2015

Companies and critics explore the pros and cons — and costs — of incentives used to convince corporations not to move out of state

When Panasonic was seeking a new location for its corporate headquarters after four decades in Secaucus, moving to downtown Newark was not the original plan, according to chief executive officer Joe Taylor.

Offices in San Diego, Chicago, and Atlanta were all under consideration, but after intense lobbying from politicians here — and the enticement of an $80 million state economic-development tax incentive — Taylor decided to keep the company and its 1,000 employees in New Jersey, choosing to relocate in downtown Newark.

Now, Taylor said 60 percent of the company’s employees are taking the train to work, meaning their cars are off New Jersey’s already choked and potholed highways. Panasonic also has an agreement with city government to give local residents a first crack at job openings.

“I’m a huge proponent of economic development,” Taylor said while participating in a panel discussion during NJ Spotlight on Cities, a daylong conference held earlier this month at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark that focused on the state of New Jersey’s cities.

“I think tax credits are critically important,” he said. “I think other kinds of credits are critically important.”

3 thoughts on “Even Tax Credits Can not Keep Businesses in Anti Business New Jersey

  1. jeez…who’s the lothario on Sweeney’s left..?

  2. Unions don’t like tax credits to keep private sector jobs in NJ…. means the state government can’t prop up their underfunded and unsustainable pension plans. They’d rather the state invest in the past than invest in the future by offering tax incentives to keep employers like Panasonic here. They forget that NJ is competing with other lower cost states and countries. Just look at Mercedes-Benz – they left Montvale even WITH an offer of tax breaks and moved to Georgia. Unions pigged out on pension promises which were never realistic. Time to diminish the excessive & unsustainable benefits they were promised and invest in keeping good private sector jobs in NJ.

  3. NJ is like a bar that has the highest priced drinks in town, but somehow the bartender (named Sweeney) has allowed his union pals in the corner to rack up a $200bn unpaid bar tab. So what’s his solution? Raise drink prices on everyone else so he can keep serving drinks to his boys! Eventually the paying patrons, i.e. private sector employers like Mercedes-Benz and Hertz will just stop drinking there when they find the bar down the street has good drinks, too, but at more reasonable prices.

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