Daily Archives: Nov. 1, 2011

Ranzau blasts county economic development efforts

Ranzau

Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau lashed out Tuesday at county economic development incentives, saying they violate biblical law and are like the federal Solyndra scandal.

And Ranzau’s example of a company that makes it on its own — Apple — actually has received hundreds of millions of dollars in government aid.

“You know we have the (commandments), ‘Thou shalt not covet,’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal,’ ” he said. “Our economic policy on forgivable loans violates both of those because a business comes in and says, ‘I want somebody else’s money, I’m going to covet the taxpayer money.’

“And we say, ‘OK, we will take that and redistribute it to you.’ That’s theft.”

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