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Airbus' Alabama Plant Is for Building Political Capital, Not Planes

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Alabama politicians just gifted European aerospace giant Airbus a  million subsidy package to assemble airplanes in Mobile. That’s on top of a previous 8 million taxpayer-financed handout for another Airbus plant. The notion that a company with a billion market cap can’t assemble planes without assistance from state taxpayers simply doesn’t fly — but special treatment for privileged corporations is, of course, all too common across the United States. Airbus’ decision, meanwhile — which actually seems based on winning over Washington policymakers rather than Alabama’s subsidies — is worth a deeper look... Continue reading: Airbus' Alabama plant is for building political capital, not planes Photo credit: Airbus - Schwarzbild Medienproduktion - Max Thum

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Alabama politicians just gifted European aerospace giant Airbus a $26 million subsidy package to assemble airplanes in Mobile. That’s on top of a previous $158 million taxpayer-financed handout for another Airbus plant.

The notion that a company with a $76 billion market cap can’t assemble planes without assistance from state taxpayers simply doesn’t fly — but special treatment for privileged corporations is, of course, all too common across the United States.

Airbus’ decision, meanwhile — which actually seems based on winning over Washington policymakers rather than Alabama’s subsidies — is worth a deeper look...

Continue reading: Airbus' Alabama plant is for building political capital, not planes

Photo credit: Airbus - Schwarzbild Medienproduktion - Max Thum

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