Just announced. Gov. Nikki Haley just announced that Wal-Mart is bringing 4000 new jobs to the state over the next five years. Good news, right? Good news indeed. But I have a concern or two.
Am I the only one who finds this announcement rather curious? Just last week, they ran Amazon off over some internet sales tax issue. In case you are unaware, Wal-Mart and other big box retailers headed up the charge against Amazon!
And a week later, Wal-Mart has committed to bringing more jobs to the state. Question. Why couldn’t South Carolina get the Amazon jobs AND the 4000 Wal-Mart jobs? Were the new Wal-Mart jobs dependant upon the Amazon deal going sour? I mean really. This does not sound good at all!
Was the pushing out of Amazon really about fairness? Or was it about competition? And how did Wal-Mart and small business owners find themselves on the same side of the issue, especially when Wal-Mart is the #1 small business killer. Come on people! Something about this doesn’t smell right!
Haley said no sales tax breaks were offered to Wal-Mart. I guess not, when you took care of their biggest competitor for them. That’s all the breaks they needed!
The citizens of SC are being played like pawns. While Wal-Mart adds to it bottom line and Gov. Haley plays politics, people like me and you can barely buy gas and keep the lights on. This ain’t cool, people. This ain’t cool!