This has been bugging me for a long time, especially when I hear rich business owners complain about people getting handouts from the government. At some point this whole silly corporate welfare racket is going to have to stop. The article primarily addresses cities, but states are involved too when they work with cities to fund these giveaways. Even if you're not moving a business but building a new plant, it's now customary for cities and states to give away all sorts of sweeteners, from long term tax abatement (sometimes as much as 20 years) to the state building roads specifically to accommodate the business. And you know whose pocket that's coming out of. Cities and states can't fund their pension programs, but they can give away plenty of goodies to businesses which ultimately have to exist somewhere anyhow. And the companies continue to play one location off the other, trying to see which city or state can be the biggest sugar daddy. It's a primary reason that some problems need to be resolved on a federal level. The only way this racket is going to stop is if the federal government makes it illegal to offer businesses anything in return for locating in a specific city or state. The playing field should be level, with each community selling itself on its own merits (workforce, proximity to suppliers, etc.) States often use lower tax rates as an incentive as well, and I'm not sure what the best solution is to that -- maybe setting a federal "floor" for tax rates. That whole issue is systemic of a larger problem, which is states lowering tax rates to arbitrary figures, and then crying poor and cutting pensions, employees and services.