At a time when public health experts are warning of an explosion of addiction to nicotine because of e-cigarettes, guess what good ol' Republicans in North Carolina are up to? They're using your tax dollars to subsidize a company making e-cigarettes! And Commerce Czar Sharon Decker is just giddy with excitement.
A federal grant administered through the N.C. Department of Commerce will provide a Greenville electronic cigarette product supply company $210,000 to establish a start-up venture in the city and add new jobs.
.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and Assistant Secretary for Rural Development Pat Mitchell announced on Thursday that the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved the use of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development community development block grant funds in Greenville and four other cities totaling $1.4 million with the commitment of more than 130 new jobs.
That means we the people are giving more than $10,000 to a private company to subsidize its operations, while ignoring fact that the private company in question will trigger countless millions in public health costs to repair the damage they cause.