MD’s suggestion that Mitchell (and all of South Dakota?) could be caught in a labor-market eddy of substandard workers left behind by go-getters who have the ambition to seek better opportunities elsewhere is alarming. Could a society dysfunction in such a way that it repels its best and brightest and retains only slackers? If so, holy cow—after a generation or two, how does such a society of slackers fix itself?
Trail King Industries CEO Bruce Yakley shared a mind-boggling statistic with me the other day about a group demographers call "The Entitlement Generation."
It seems his Mitchell-based company hired 280 production workers last year between his plants here in South Dakota and up in Fargo. Assemblers, painters, welders -- most of them fell into that age group that was born between 1978 and 1997.
The generation he and I raised.
So get this -- of the 280 new hires, only one remained on the job a year later.
"We lost 279 of them," he said. "Mostly because of work ethic issues."
So the problem is workers with an entitlement mindset:
The syndicated columnists have an absolute free-for-all with "The Entitlement Generation." They're the young people who were never told "no" because Mom and Dad wanted to be their friends and not their parents. They got trophies for showing up to the T-ball games even though they never made practice. They post any vulgarity they want on social media because they have freedom of speech.
"My generation," Yakley laments, "screwed up the kids of this current generation."
He's not the only who thinks that. I've talked with CEOs across Sioux Falls' business landscape and many of them, particularly in the manufacturing sector, agree.
And the result are these costs:
Here's why it's a concern at Trail King. For training and other workforce development purposes, the company invests roughly $8,000 per employee. That means last year Trail King spent $8,000 times 280 new workers. "That's a little over $2 million that went down the drain," its CEO said.
Here's why it should be a concern for all of South Dakota. Yakley figures his company is turning away $20 million in business because it can't find enough good, dependable laborers.
That's just one hit on the South Dakota economy. He knows in talking to his peers in industry that his isn't the only business losing out on opportunities.
So what to do? The state needs to invest even more in technical education, Yakley said.Whatever baggage they might bring with them from their upbringing, the members of "The Entitlement Generation" who have gone through welding at Mitchell Technical Institute and ended up at Trail King "are excellent," he said. "They will be leaders on our shop floor."
His company is more than willing to invest in that promise. Now it simply would like to see the state make an even greater commitment to the training of those skilled laborers as well.
Thinking about it a little more and it just strikes me as funny that Trail King CEO would talk about entitlement. For that matter, Governor Daugaard and Pat Costello are spending millions of tax payer money to recruit workers.
At the same time they will champion good conservative economic principals like…oh I don’t know…the law of supply and demand.
I think we have a bad case of corporate socialism going on in SD.
That is right. As government grows in both size and scope, the fight is over who is entitled to the money. And big government progressives say greed is what fuels a competitive free-market economy. Greed much Mr. Progressive?
When will the South Dakota Democrats understand that their so-called progressive big government policies is what is driving the big business crony capitalism? That is how you get "corporate socialism" via public/private partnerships. So we can now understand that entitlement mentality prevails in a socialistic society.
G.L. and her parents reached out to Liberty Counsel when Russum gave her four (4) straight zeros because she refused to conform tohis personal worldviews of Marxism, Atheism, Feminism, and homosexuality. Professor Russum expressed blatant and pervasive anti-Christian bias throughout the class, such as the following essay question: “Why did Christianity, and its male gods, seek to silence these women [the nuns]?”
In other essays where G.L. refused to concede that Christianity was false, violent, or oppressive to women; that Martin Luther’s motivations for the Reformation were wholly secular; and that Michalengelo’s sculptures and paintings communicated that “same-sex relationship is NOT A SIN,” Mr. Russum gave her a total of four straight zeros.
Russem's "personal worldviews of Marxism, Atheism, Feminism, and homosexuality" links up perfectly with Cory Heidelberger's. Here is more:
“In both the humanities course, and in his online persona, Mr. Russum displays unadulterated hostility toward Christians, in violation of the Establishment Clause, and also blames Christianity for victimizing women and stifling sexual expression. While Mr. Russum is free, on his own time, to advocate whatever he wishes, so long as it does not create a material disruption to the academic environment, his online content is compelling evidence that his course material and heavier are not merely ‘pedagogical.’
“The mountain of evidence against him – including his discriminatory questions; his intentional hostility toward Christianity throughout the course material; his abuse of his position of authority; and his improper, retaliatory grading of G.L.’s papers (which provided academically responsive answers to his illegitimate questions while remaining true to her faith) with four straight zeros – is beyond the pale. … This is not pedagogical; it is personal. It cannot be seriously argued that Mr. Russum has acted appropriately within this course."
Sounds a lot like the atmosphere at Madville, and what Cory Heidelberger wants for South Dakota...including its public education.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that he will appoint William J. Shorma of Dakota Dunes to the vacant seat in the state Senate representing District 16. Shorma will succeed Sen. Dan Lederman, who resigned earlier this year.
Shorma is a former director of the Board of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He has served as chair of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry, chair of the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Prairie Family Business Association and a member of the South Dakota Junior Achievement Board of Directors.
Also note Shorma's Federal Reserve Bank background. Back in 2009, I covered the Federal Reserve's anti-Biblical agenda:
Joseph Farah points out that today’s Federal Reserves is a violation of Biblical Principles:
America's money system is on the verge of collapse, and, as much as I hate to say it, it deserves to fail.
Even though I, too, will be hurt by a collapse of the dollar, which seems all but inevitable sometime in the next few years, the fiat money system we use in our country is neither sustainable nor moral.
I say this not based on my ideas of what is just, but on God's ideas.
Most people tend to overlook what the Bible says about money. It has much to say. In fact, Jesus had more to say about money and possessions than any other topic – including faith, hope, heaven and hell combined. There are more than 2,350 verses in the Bible referencing money and possessions.
Jerry Robinson, author of a great new book, "Bankruptcy of Our Nation," makes the point that the Bible condemns the kind of money system we use in the U.S. – one in which the value of money is constantly changing and subject to manipulation.
Where is that condemnation?
It is found in the following verses:
"A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight." (Proverbs 11:1)
"Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD." (Proverbs 20:10)
"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 19:35-36)
"Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth." (Micah 6:10-12)
We don't use weights and measures when we buy and sell today, yet the principle behind these biblical pronouncements remains the same.
When the Federal Reserve can produce $1.2 trillion dollars out of thin air, as it did last week, and add it to the money system, that action changes "the weights and measures" we use to buy and sell. More money in the system by definition devalues the currency that was already in the system.
It's just like the Fed put its big thumb on the scale whenever Americans go to use their wealth.
That is an example of an "unjust weight and balance" in Robinson's book. And I agree with him.
"Fiat currency systems, where the currency is backed by nothing and its value can be manipulated at will, is by definition an unjust weight," he writes. "And so therefore, by biblical definition, fiat currency systems are clearly unjust systems."
Robinson goes so far as to say that Americans coins and currency does not warrant being labeled with the statement, "In God We Trust," because if we truly trusted in God, we wouldn't be using a fiat currency that is unjust and immoral and contrary to God's Word.
The origin of the 2008 financial meltdown originates in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve. In addition, the Federal Reserve represents another, and perhaps the fatal, attack on the original Constitution:
The passage of this Federal Reserve Act authorized the establishment of a Federal Reserve Corporation, with a Board of Directors (The Federal Reserve Board) to run it. And the United States was divided into 12 Federal Reserve Districts.
This new law completely removed from the Congress the right to create money or to have any control over its creation, and gave this function over to the Federal Reserve Corporation. The Fed printed “Federal Reserve Notes”, which are still accepted today as money among the citizens of the country.
But we have to understand that these Federal Reserve Notes, used as money in the country, cannot be considered as being constitutional money. Why, you ask? Because the Congress went against the Constitution of the United States when it passed this Federal Reserve Act, for it specifically states that Congress, and only Congress shall have the power to coin and regulate the money of the country.
Looks like Shorma will fit in well with those who run the system of legal corruption in Pierre. Future posts will also show how the Federal Reserve is part of the so-called "Progressive Movement" that liberal Democrats like Cory Heidelberger loves to promote. Again we have the far-left agenda knowingly or unknowingly, supporting crony capitalism. And these are the kind of truths that will get you banned from Madville.
First off, not all of these referendums "all South Dakotans negatively". The minimum wage issue affects a very few. And it negatively affects those small business owners who can't afford to pay teenagers to spend half their time at work messing around with their phones.
Cory then makes this claim:
I don’t want to make any of these referendum pushes partisan. These three bad laws affect . These three referenda are responses to an unresponsive government.
On that same thread, Cory takes a breath and the makes his main point:
Democrats: The Party of Democracy.
By supporting referenda (the specific ones on the streets right now and ballot measures in general), we Democrats show that we are the party that wants to listen to what the people have to say. We want to empower every citizen to have as much voice in real public decision-making as possible. We want you, citizen, to have a voice.
“Democrats: The Party of Democracy” offers the perfect literal contrast to the “Republicans: The Party of the Republic.”Republicans label the popular voice as “mob rule.” Republicans think voters (you, neighbor and fellow citizen) shouldn’t have so much power and should defer to the wisdom of the elites. Republicans support measures like SB 177 to beat back ballot measure enthusiasm. Republicans support measures like SB 69 to make elections mean less. Republicans support making it harder to vote to keep your voice out of the process.
Everyone wants a voice. Everyone wants equal power and dignity as a citizen. Deep down, everyone is a small-d democrat. Big-D Democrats, speak to that desire for democracy. Support the referenda. Support the ballot initiatives that are coming. Support the voice of every voter. Show South Dakota that the Democratic Party is the party of democracy, the party that will listen to what we all have to say.
So much for Cory's claim that he wants these referendums to be bipartisan. And Cory demonstrates how "we Democrats show that we are the party that wants to listen to what the people have to say" by banning me from commenting on his propaganda site. And he excludes people like me because he wants the indoctrinated to not be swayed by logic, truth, and discernment. If he wants my help on referring SB 69, then he needs to find a way to make it bipartisan.
Cory Heidelberger represents what is wrong with the South Dakota Democrat Party. Their radical views do not link up with conservative South Dakota values. South Dakotans do not want boys playing on the girls high school basketball team and then be forced by government to say that is okay. South Dakotans do not want to be forced into paying for the costs of killing unborn babies, which is one act that does negatively impact all, including the women that have to endure such human brutality.
Mayor Roy Lindsay said that it was “history in the making,” adding that there was a time and a place for the structure, but today it was “time to move forward” [Jane Utecht, “Masons Comes Down,” Madison Daily Leader, 2015.04.27].
No, Roy, this was not history in the making. This was Madison unmaking history, smashing and burying history.
I suppose it does make sense that Cory would put his political mission on hold for a moment in order to honor his New Age religious foundation:
Masonry had a substantial influence on mainstream churches, especially in what we call mainline denominations. But its impact was all the more obvious among more marginal groups, and in new religious movements. When we look at America’s esoteric and mystical movements, its New Agers and its experimental religions, not much makes sense without those core Masonic ideas and structures.
And this explains Cory's infatuation with environmental radicalism:
This is a site where New Age meets the Ancients. Comte de Saint Germain was an 18th-century adventurer known as ‘Der Wundermann’ – ‘The Wonderman’. He went by the name of Comte St-Germain. He has a reputation of mystery and extravagancy. He pops up from time to time across the centuries. He claimed to be the originator of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism;
The New Age Movement is not really new for it goes back thousands of years. It’s actually called paganism/druidism. It is the worship of mother earth and Satan.
I recently ran across an evident intermixture of New Age/2012 scenario with Satanism/Masonry. This post is intended to keep our alertness and intuition alive when dealing with New Age “information” that is all around the blogosphere , YouTube and the web in general and I’m very curious how my readers comment on this.
New World Order Plans
Even if you think all this web-talk of Illuminati and Freemason has nothing to do with reality and is just pure conspiracy theory you have to acknowledge some facts that do sum up to a sea of evidence all heading in the same direction.
Every year, 300 of the most wealthy and/or powerful people of this planet meet on the Bilderberg meetings.In contrast to other meetings like Davos, public or media is not allowed and the discussions are 100% secret. This is not conspiracy theory, but fact. See the official Bilderberg website and the list of the Bilderberg participants of 2010 in spain. You can do a quick search on persons from the lists of 2008-2010 like David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Gates, and you find yourself in the deepest mud of war and economic criminals.
Of course trying to help Cory understand the error of his way will only get you kicked out of Madville. Right Roger?
On Thursday morning, top Republican strategist Karl Rove proclaimed, “The dysfunctional Congress finally appears to be working again as the Founders intended.” Just hours later, the GOP-controlled Senate confirmed as attorney general — i.e., as the chief federal law-enforcement officer of the United States — a lawyer who quite openly supports the systematic non-enforcement of federal law. In fact, Ms. Lynch also supports President Obama’s blatantly unconstitutional usurpations of legislative authority, including most notoriously, of Congress’s power to set the terms of lawful presence by aliens in our country.
Now, I happen to like Karl Rove — if you’re looking for the Rove piñata at the end of the Tea Party, you will not find it in my columns. But can someone as smart as he is really think Congress under Republican control is working as the Founders intended?The Founders intended Congress to rein in a president who behaved like a monarch. Anyone who has read the 1787 constitutional-convention debates knows they would have impeached and removed a president for a bare fraction of the malfeasance carried out by President Obama.
The Founders, moreover, thought oaths of office were serious business — having pledged their own lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the cause of liberty against great odds and a great power that would have put them to death had the revolution failed. They therefore required (in Article II, Section 1) that the president take an oath to execute the laws faithfully, and to preserve, protect, and defend a Constitution that Mr. Obama takes less seriously than his NCAA brackets.
And now we learn the two Republican Senators from South Dakota supported Obama's crusade against the constitution:
So, in addition to the aforementioned ten Republicans who said “aye” on the final vote to make Lynch attorney general, there are ten others who conspired in the GOP’s now routine parliamentary deception: Vote in favor of ending debate, knowing that this will give Democrats ultimate victory, but cast a meaningless vote against the Democrats in the final tally in order to pose as staunch Obama opponents when schmoozing the saps back home. These ten — John Thune (S.D.), John Cornyn (Texas), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Col.), Mike Rounds (S.D.), and Thom Tillis (N.C.) — are just as willfully complicit in Lynch’s confirmation and her imminent execution of Obama’s lawlessness.
This is not a Senate back to regular order. It is a disgrace, one that leads to the farce’s final act: On Monday, Loretta Lynch will ceremoniously take the oath to uphold the Constitution she has already told us she will undermine.
Note how conservative Republicans are being deceived: "cast a meaningless vote against the Democrats in the final tally in order to pose as staunch Obama opponents when schmoozing the saps back home." Both political parties are working to destroy the Constitution. The political drama that portrays an ideological fight between Democrats and Republicans is fake. Just like the conservative shell of Senators Thune and Rounds.
A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.
“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews.
The conference, hosted by the homosexual activist organization Jer’s Vision, now called the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, focused on the implementation of Bill 13 in Ontario classrooms. Bill 13, called by critics the ‘homosexual bill of rights,’ passed in June 2012 and gave students the right to form pro-gay clubs in their school, including Catholic ones, using the name Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA).
Strong, who is in an open relationship with another woman and who has been a teacher for about five years, focused her workshop on what she called the “power of conversation” for promoting LGBTQ issues in an elementary classroom. She began her talk by relating how she reacted the first time one of her students called another student ‘gay’ as a putdown.
“With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop.
Strong related how she began with the junior kindergarten class.
“And I read a [pro-gay child’s] book [King and King], and I started to realize that conversations can be very difficult, and they can have the most power when they are the most difficult.”
“But difficult conversations are a part of what we do as teachers, right? And when these conversations are properly supported by teachers within the safety of the classroom, they provide a rich environment for our students as they unpack these complex social issues and they reflect on their own preconceptions, rights, of gender, sexuality, love, all these different things,” she said.
Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.”
Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.”
Safety of the classroom means kids are taught immoral acts? How much further does this have to go before we start talking child abuse?
Permit me to develop that critique further, on politically and economically conservative principles.
First, let’s recall the details of the training wage. The training wage is one of several minimum wage exemptions provided by federal law. The federal government actually calls this exemption its own “youth minimum wage.” South Dakota embraces this exemption in SDCL 60-11-4.1. Under the training wage, employers may pay workers under the age of 20 may be paid as little as $4.25 an hour for the first 90 calendar days (not workdays) of their employment. From Day 91 on, if those young trainees prove themselves and get to keep the job, employers must pay them the standard minimum wage.
Conservative political principles dictate that we should not clutter the law books with unnecessary laws. Existing federal law and state law already provide employers with the opportunity to pay a youth minimum wage. 90 days should be long enough for any attentive employer to determine whether a young rookie can perform the basics of a job, add value to the company, and earn her keep. The training wage provides that trial period and the cost savings that Senator Novstrup uses to stiltedly justify his youth minimum wage law. Since existing law already contains a training wage that serves as a youth minimum wage (and actually covers more young workers, everyone 19 and under, than Novstrup’s law, which applies only to workers 17 and under), there is no need for Novstrup’s additional youth minimum wage law.
Economically, conservative businesspeople like to save money. Undeniably, following Novstrup’s new law and paying workers under the age of 18 $7.50 an hour is cheaper than paying them South Dakota’s standard minimum wage of $8.50 an hour. But taking advantage of current law—training wage of $4.25 for the first 90 days, then standard minimum wage of $8.50—saves employers even more through an entire year of employment.
Cory, a limited government conservative would remove all minimum wage laws off the books, and let private individuals what they want to pay someone to work. Novstrup is playing the dialectic game and is compromising conservative principles. That is what liberal Republicans do.
After setting up is con job, Heidelberger makes this arrogant statement:
Conservative principles say you don’t write unnecessary laws, because extra laws can have unintended consequences. Senate Bill 177 has the unintended consequence of discouraging financial conservatives from hiring our youngest workers, which is exactly the opposite of what Senator Novstrup said his bill would do.
Funny how if Republicans would remember to act like conservatives, they’d avoid a lot of problems. Even funnier that a liberal like me has to remind them of how to be conservative… and clean up their messes with a referendum.
I left a comment saying that if he wanted the real conservative analysis on minimum wage that he needs to stop blocking my comments. The comment went into moderation and is now gone. The liberal con artists can't handle the argument that $8.50 will not solve the poverty problem. If we wanted to solve poverty with a minimum wage, raise to $25. But then you will have this:
The efforts underway by the Service Employees International Union, and its political and media allies, to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour would, if successful, cause major unemployment among low-skilled workers, who are the supposed beneficiaries of those efforts.
The reason is not only the fact that higher wages serve to raise costs of production and thus prices, which in turn serves to reduce physical sales volume and thus the number of workers needed. There is also another equally, if not more important reason in this case, and it is a reason which is only very inadequately described by reference to the substitution of machinery or automation for the direct labor of workers when wages are increased.
Wal-Mart has decided to give 500,000 workers a $1 billion pay raise by boosting its basic rate to $9 an hour in April and to $10 by February. And imagine this: It didn't need government to do it.
The retail giant should be Exhibit A in the argument against imposing a one-size-fits-all minimum wage straitjacket on the U.S. economy.
It's raising wages for workers not because it wants to be nice, but because the market for people who can do Wal-Mart jobs has tightened in recent years as modest job growth has been restored to the economy.
The reason for this? In a word, competition.
Of course allowing a true conservative voice to the conservative would be too much competition for the myths Cory is trying to fabricate, and would be too much of a humbling experience for a "smart fool". Since $8.50 does not solve the poverty problem, the last thing a con-artist like Cory Heidelberger wants others to know is the real reason so-called progressives want a minimum wage...racism.
UPDATE: Here are some anti-conservatives attacks from Cory's indoctrinated New Age Theocrats:
Cory, great reasoning once again.
However, trying to reason with a South Dakota “conservative” is no easy task. In fact, I would wager that trying to reason with almost anyone in South Dakota identifying themselves as “conservative” would probably be a total waste of time. Unless you like seeing the veins in their necks stand out. (Sorry Pat Powers, yours probably won’t make it to the surface, even though they’re under high pressure)
“Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.” – Robert Heinlein
Oxymoron of the day: “conservative thinking”
Keep banging away, Cory! You are making a difference.
For those of us paying attention in Mitchell, we understand that the Mitchell Chamber and Development Corporation is running this city. I now call it the Mitchell Oligarchy. In February we hear about this transaction:
A Mitchell couple have purchased the former Happy Chef building and are planning some major changes at its site.
Kelly and Emily Hohn, of Mitchell, bought the building for $350,000, according to Mitchell Area Development Corporation Executive Director Bryan Hisel. That deal was closed on Thursday, after the 60-day finalization period ended.
The Hohns, who own Anytime Fitness in Mitchell, plan to knock down the building and construct a brand-new facility that will house their 24/7 fitness center.
The sale of the building included a provision that allows the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau to have a visitors center in the new building, with a seven-year, no-rent lease.
Other potential businesses at the site are still being worked out, along with the design features of the building.
"We're still working a lot of things out with our contractors, but I think it's going to be a very appealing building," Kelly Hohn told The Daily Republic on Thursday. "It's going to be a good deal for the city of Mitchell."
Hohn said the opportunity to have a business located on the corner of Interstate 90 and Burr Street in Mitchell was a prime opportunity.
"It's a home run site as far as location goes," he said.
Similarly, the chance to have a visitors center on the site of his business was an easy choice.
"It's huge," Hohn said. "That's what economic development is all about. It's getting people to your business and without visitors, you have nothing. That's what we wanted to emphasize, and it's very important to us that we get people to stop in Mitchell and spend their money as opposed to Sioux Falls or Rapid City."
Today we hear that the "home run site as location goes" is described as a blighted area in order to justify a TIF:
A committee said Tuesday a proposed tax increment financing district at the site of the former Happy Chef in Mitchell would meet the city's guidelines.
The city of Mitchell's TIF Finance Committee unanimously recommended that the project plan be submitted to the city Planning Commission for review, which meets at noon Monday. That recommendation was made during a meeting Tuesday at Mitchell City Hall.
Plans for the property, which was purchased by Kelly and Emily Hohn in February for $350,000, call for a new, 14,000-square-foot facility to replace the 4,000-square-foot building, and the area would have a larger parking lot. The new building would include a visitors center for the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and space for three businesses, including the Hohns' Anytime Fitness business.
The TIF would officially be known as city of Mitchell Tax Incremental District No. 21. A TIF is a development plan that uses revenue from future taxes on improved properties to pay for public improvements.
The TIF plan calls for $320,000 to be used to assist in demolishing the existing building and parking lot, grading the land, sewer improvements, professional fees and expanding the access road easement for the property. The TIF funds would also be used to reimburse the construction costs for the 700 square feet of the new building where the visitors center would be located, estimated to be worth $72,506. The entire building is estimated to cost $1.5 million.
Don Petersen, a Mitchell attorney, represented the Hohns Tuesday and presented their project plan to the board. He said the TIF would make the project more economically feasible for the owners and reiterated that the developers would finance the project, not the city.
"The importance of this TIF and why we're asking for it, is that itself, the location is the primary entrance into the city," Petersen said. "You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but this is it."
Regardless if the TIF were to be approved or not, Petersen said the Hohns are committed to the seven years of rent-free use for the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce.
Petersen said the plan not only reinforces economic development, but would rid the community of the blighted building.
So why didn't the city's Code Manager go after the Development Corporation for having a nuisance property, like they do to everybody else? Especially since it is the first thing you see when arriving at Mitchell? Instead they give the oligarchy a tax break, so they an have a visitor's center without paying rent.