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Merced County BOS Approves EIR – The Video

The Merced County Board of Supervisors met yesterday to consider the approval of the Environmental Impact Report required to obtain final Enterprise Zone designation. I have clipped the relevant discussion from the video (the original can be found here):

Merced County BOS Meeting 9/2/2008 from Max Shenker on Vimeo.

What is fascinating about the video are the various folks who took the time to come out and oppose the creation of the zone on various grounds. A couple of the speakers were quite exercised about the potential environmental disaster that the Enterprise Zone poses. However, I found the comments of one speaker most fascinating:

You know, I went down to Hanford and talked to some people there. And there’s a Wal-Mart and they made a Super Wal-Mart, and, um, I was told that they closed it for one hour and then rehired everybody, and then, because of the Enterprise Zone — or is that a Free Trade Zone? — anyway I’m not sure about the definition, but they were able to rehire them at a lower rate because of the tax benefits and the tax benefits are paid by taxpayers. So I have a concern about big projects like that, if they are using that, so I don’t know if you can explain that or not.

Here’s the audio just of that comment if you don’t want to watch the whole BOS meeting:

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1 Comment to Merced County BOS Approves EIR – The Video

  1. jaysalyer's Gravatar jaysalyer
    September 5, 2008 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    As Enterprise Zone Manager of the Kings County Enterprise Zone and Economic Development Manager of Kings EDC, I can state catagorically that the old Wal-Mart and the new Super Wal-Mart in Hanford are in and will continue to be in the same Kings County Enterprise Zone. There was no tax advantage to the corporation by moving incumbent employees from one store to the other. The clock which starts on the date of the original hire continues ticking, whether they are in the old or new store, whether or not they were laid off and rehired.

  1. By on September 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm
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