County Taxpayers to Bankroll Risky Businesses

The Planning, Housing, and Economic Development committee of the County Council approved Bill 3-13 on Monday, allowing the county to funnel taxpayer dollars into private companies.  The bill would allow the county to own as much as 25% of selected businesses.

Private firms can get money from banks or venture capital sources.  Why would they choose taxpayer dollars instead? Either they have been unable to raise money from those private sources, or it’s a cheaper source of capital.

Taxpayers would be dragooned into providing a capital subsidy to private enterprises.  The possible outcomes are limited. Either the public subsidy helps the company succeed over its less politically favored competitors, or the judgment of the banks and venture capital firms is vindicated, and the company fails (taking the taxpayers’ money with it).

Neither one is fair, just, or sustainable.

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