Sunday's MDJ reported Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee will soon report on the efforts of the county's independent oversight committee to cut costs and raise the efficiency of county government.
Chairman Lee needs look no further than the front page of your same issue. I can think of no bigger waste of taxpayer funds than the crony capitalism disguised as economic incentives. The goals of cost cutting and efficiency can be achieved by limiting government activities to the core functions of public safety and infrastructure.
Job creation is the responsibility of the private sector, and the government's primary role in this process is to not interfere. Government should treat all businesses the same; not provide incentives for a select handful.
History proves a vibrant economy requires business decisions based on signals from a free market. Government incentives, even those with the best of intentions (i.e. housing) lead to malinvestment, which ultimately reduces growth. Elimination of economic incentive programs would reduce government costs and shift the local economy more toward a free marketplace.