When it comes to giving incentives to large businesses, the candidates for District Five State Representative are miles apart. Incumbent Republican Curt Webb and his Challenger Chuck Bateman debated on KVNU’s For the People program Thursday. Bateman said he opposes any kinds of earmarks or tax incentives for any business. “My feeling on incentives that are earmarked or pointed in a particular direction,” Bateman said, “are part of a convoluted pollution of our entire political process. I believe that government needs to stay out of private industry, whether it’s large or small, altogether.” Webb says if incentives are provided, such as tax cuts or help with infrastructure, it can end up as a real boost to the economy. “When these agreements are put together they have fixed dollar amounts usually, they have a fixed term to them,” Webb said. “So what you’re doing, really, is lending the money and being paid back in tax revenues that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. “That, to me, is a sound economic principle. And jobs are what provide the future, not just for us but for our children.” Webb says tax incentives for large businesses are often used to increase the tax base of the community. But as the owner of a small business, Webb says he feels small businesses should be considered important as well. Webb and Bateman will be facing off in the June 22 Republican primary.
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