The LuLac Edition #856, June 23rd, 2009
People are getting sick and tired of these KOZ zones. Scranton city council denied a few of the extensions to area businesses. These guys wanted another 10 years of tax forgiveness to develop new business and create high paying jobs. Two questions, just how much time do you need to develop a business and where are the high paying jobs? We, as taxpayers sometimes rail against the people on food stamps, welfare and other assistance as milking the system. But the KOZ zones, which started out with good intentions has turned into a welfare program for the so called entrepreneur. It’s welfare money for the rich and connected. There should be a time limit on all KOZ properties. If they can’t turn them into a viable business in the allotted time period, they forfeit it. Plain and simple. You bet they’ll start a business. Funny, Henry Ford and in Pennsylvania Milton Shapp didn’t need KOZ zones to start up a thriving business and succeed. Man up guys, lose the government crutches.
THE TIPPING POINT?
Tom Marino, tipstaff to Judge Michael Toole testified before a federal grand jury today. He made no comments after the session. This appearance is part of the ongoing probe into corruption at the Luzerne County Courthouse.
Using the old adage giving credit where credit is due the State Senate Education Committee approved legislation to further ease the transferring of college credits across community colleges, state universities and the state-related schools: Penn State, Pitt, and Temple universities. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Dinniman, a Democrat from Chester, is aimed at saving students who transfer to a public-funded school the expense of having to retake courses. The proposal would require the 14 state universities to accept 60 credits that a transferring student earned in foundation courses earned at community colleges, and admit them as college juniors. Currently, the law requires those universities to accept 30 transferred credits.