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Monday, 27 September 2010


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Leigh Touchton

Tonight at the VBOE both Brad Lofton and Col Ricketts talked about the tax incentives, basically 30% of the cost of the building of the plant is subsidized through tax breaks. Then there is of course the sales tax breaks on the growing and selling of the trees, courtesy of Tim Golden's legislation. But then both men stated with straight face "The plant is privately funded."

Ricketts was adamant about the money this plant would bring to the VBOE. Neither man ever addressed the PM 10 and PM 2.5, or the health consequences of the plant. Neither man ever said one word about the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society. I watched the VBOE members and wondered if any of them thought the life of a child was worth the thousands of dollars of revenue from this plant.

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