By: Diane Benjamin
Normal’s assault on the private sector continued last night. Last week they attacked the profits of local restaurants by subsidizing a competitor. Keep in mind Portillos isn’t locally owned so the profits won’t stay local. Many other restaurants will be hurt, their owners live and pay taxes here. The local government they pay taxes to may be putting them out of business.
This week the assault is on the company already contracted to move the grass and plow the snow at the former Mitsubishi plant.
Keep in mind,
Normal is using tax dollars to do it.
Government rarely cares about the cost. They have the ability to obliterate competition when it suits them.
The Rivian agreement calls for Normal to pay for maintaining the outside of the property – mowing, snow removal, and security.
Is an officer going to be assigned to the plant around the clock? What does that mean? – nobody knows (see below).
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Since government is paying, it will cost more than the private sector. Normal is required under Illinois law to pay prevailing wages. Yes, it’s a rigged system.
Is Normal going to pay their staff or are they going to sub-contract the work? What happens to the guys currently doing the work?
If your competitor is the government or backed by government, you will lose. Their rules, they (and their buddies) win.
Mark Peterson (City Manager) made a big deal towards the end of the meeting last night about the huge resources Rivian has, evidently not enough for maintenance and security though.
My thoughts listening to the Council were:
- they don’t want the plant torn down
- they will accept the Rivian plan hoping for the best
- if Rivian fails, at least the plant will still exist and maybe somebody better will come along
Did they make the right move? That depends on whether Rivian is paid without complying with the contract. The employment numbers are very low even though Peterson claimed he had seen their prototype vehicle. If Normal slips them some bucks without compliance it’s a failure. They need to be watched.
There is an easy fix to this madness: Marc Tiritilli for mayor!