Sunday, February 04, 2007

You don't say

This article at /. talks about Google's dealings in North Carolina last year while the internet search giant was seeking tax breaks for possibly locating a server farm in the state. Does this surprise anyone? Major corporations do this all the time, with benefits for both the corporation and the state/locality. In recent years, Tennessee has gotten a GM plant, South Carolina has gotten a BMW plant, Alabama a Mercedes plant and Georgia a KIA plant, all because of corporate courting. I don't hear much gnashing of teeth about these deals, but over at /. the geeks are up in arms about "big business" and whatnot. I just don't see what the big deal is...

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