S.C. hides details of Boeing handout
South Carolina taxpayers won’t be told the details about the size of the check they’re writing to the Boeing Co.
Newspapers in South Carolina are reporting that the state’s Commerce Department is refusing to release specifics about the Boeing bailout, and may make secret changes to the agreement over the next year, if that will help Boeing.
“There is something fundamentally wrong in a system in which politicians shut the door when making decisions about (taxpayer money) and refuse to tell them what they are,” said Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council, a conservative think-tank that has opposed the Boeing handouts.
The council complains that without information about the actual cost of the program, it will be impossible to judge whether or not it was effective in creating real economic growth. The council also questions how many of the 3,800 jobs Boeing has pledged to create over the next seven years will go to South Carolinians, and how many Boeing will have to recruit from out of state to fill specific high-skill jobs.