Former Economic Development Commissioner Matt Kisber canceled a widely reported appointment with the state’s lieutenant governor today.
Ron Ramsey announced last week he would have a meeting with Governor Bredesen’s top business recruiter to ask about the details of business incentive plans struck near the end of that administration. But private citizen Matt Kisber called Ramsey to cancel.
“He thought that we were going to have a media event, I suppose. Nothing could be further from the truth .. I just wanted to try to figure out what we have promised some of these companies, because keep in mind, the legislature is the ones who have to vote on these appropriations.”
Ramsey has raised questions about exactly what the state promised to the Electrolux Corporation and Amazon-dot-com. He says paying an incentive to attract out-of-state jobs may not be fair to companies already in the state.
“You have those home-grown businesses who supported the local Little Leagues, supported the local United Way, supported the local charities, and then you pay somebody to move in next door to compete against them.”
Ramsey says he’ll stand be any agreement the state has signed – but he says he hasn’t seen any documentation yet on what the agreement is.
The state House of Representatives will vote Monday evening on a bill that would authorize a bond issue of more than $100 million to beneit the Electrolux company in its new facility in Memphis.