Chisholm call center a really good deal for Delta

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 18, 2013 - 6:06 AM

Yes, northern Minnesota needs jobs. But the Iron Range development board just handed over $5.9 million in public money to the Atlanta-based airline to keep a call center in Chisholm.

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dsteinbe1977Nov. 17, 13 8:22 PM

This is a good deal for Delta with the building as well. Delta should move there computer servers to the area to save on the cooling cost then having them in hot Atlanta.

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EleanoreNov. 18, 1310:21 AM

Next thing you know Delta will be showing up at people's doors expecting a handout and just taking what they want. That sort of already happened here using a veil of legitimacy that won't stand critical analysis. Delta is exactly the kind of commercial entity Minnesota is better off without. I wouldn't fly them if you paid me.

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EleanoreNov. 18, 1310:48 AM

I'm thinking it's probably time for the legislature to take back these taconite taxes from people who provide them as subsidies to private profit rather the focusing on legitimate public spending in their region. The legislature should be applying them to public spending on the statewide level anyway.

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pommerNov. 18, 13 1:35 PM

Rural areas tend to be very conservative. I wonder if the people in that area find corporate welfare acceptable but not welfare for individuals who AREN'T profit centers?!?!?!

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garagewineNov. 18, 13 1:41 PM

Sure, but where was the outrage when we were handing over hundreds of millions in public money to the Mayo Clinic, the Mall of America, and the Vikings?

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EleanoreNov. 18, 13 2:10 PM

"but where was the outrage when we were handing over hundreds of millions in public money to the Mayo Clinic, the Mall of America, and the Vikings?" - It was everywhere. You had to not ask anyone's opinion to not hear it.

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frenkelNov. 18, 13 3:03 PM

This is not a local phenomenon, hundreds of millions of dollars are given by federal, state and local governments for corporate welfare every year. Congress tried to outlaw fights competing over companies with financial incentives but the corporate welfare lobby won out.

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slikweasel21Nov. 18, 13 7:00 PM

People need to realize this is the Iron Range's money from taconite in lieu of property taxes. Redistributing it statewide would rip off the Iron Range. That being said the IRRRB has a terrible history of wasting money on boondoggles. Excelsior Energy comes to mind, as well as chopstick factories.

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