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Letter: Stop subsidizing firms that put workers at risk

Stop subsidizing firms that put workers at risk

Carl Paladino’s Ellicott Development Co. recently put some of its employees in harm’s way. It was cited and fined $44,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing its workers to lead and the risk of falls.

Despite these serious violations, Paladino’s company is still receiving public subsidies from economic development agencies. In fact, since 2003, Paladino has received $16 million in public dollars. Should the public continue to subsidize employers that put the health and safety of their workers at risk?

Our economic development programs should be investing in responsible employers that create good jobs. Public subsidies should go to companies that have a positive impact on our communities, not businesses that break laws and take tax breaks without creating jobs.

Tax breaks should go only to companies that have a track record of creating good jobs, treating their workers fairly and equitably, and providing benefits to the community.

Rebecca Frazier