The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has suddenly called a work session for Thursday, Dec. 2 – a move that should please all those in favor of greater economic development in Guilford County and the surrounding area.
The work session will be closed to the public as the nine commissioners discuss potential economic incentives for an unnamed project or projects.
Though county officials aren’t stating the reason for the work session, anyone who’s been paying attention to the news lately knows one possible subject of the meeting is the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite that’s always been a bridesmaid, never a bride.
Another possible project is one indicated by a budget appropriations bill that the NC General Assembly passed on Monday, Nov. 29. That bill includes nearly $107 million in incentives for an unnamed project pertaining to aircraft manufacturing at Piedmont Triad International Airport, which is developing a 1,000-acre megasite for aviation companies that need runway access.
But the Greensboro- Randolph County Megasite has been the main topic of economic development in this area recently. The Randolph County Board of Commissioners have scheduled a public hearing to consider economic incentives and a transfer of land for the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite for Monday, Dec. 6. Randolph County’s public notice, unlike Guilford County’s closed session notice – did mention some details of that project. For instance, it stated that “the Company must create at least one-thousand seven hundred and fifty (1,750) new full time jobs and invest at least one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000.00) in real and personal property at the Facility located with the County.”
When major projects come to the area, the project is often awarded incentives from multiple governments including the state, counties and cities.
The Greensboro City Council has also scheduled a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 6 to hold a public hearing on an unnamed economic development project.
The Guilford County commissioners work session will be at 5 p.m. Thursday in the county’s Bob Shaw Conference Room on the second floor of the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro. The Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting immediately afterward and it’s possible that the board will schedule a public hearing on a county economic incentives offering at that regular meeting.
The official stated purpose of the work session – the minimum amount of information the county must by law reveal – is to “immediately enter into closed session pursuant to N.C.G.S. 143-318.11 (a) (4) for the purpose of considering expansion of an industry into the area or an economic development incentive; and to conduct any other necessary business.”
The closed session seems to have come up quickly. The board hadn’t publicly discussed a work session for this week, and the legally required public notice of the closed meeting – which must come a minimum of 48 hours before the session – met the legal minimum for notice only by a matter of hours.
I have a comment unrelated to this article, which I would also describe as “sneaky”.
When the original Medicare Part D coverage was enacted; after meeting your annual deductible, we paid 25% of ANY Medicare approved drug (there were no “tiers”), the insurance company paid 75%. I purchased this plan from HealthSpring, which company was purchased by the Big Cigna, just to get rid of their competition. Thus the beginning of “tier co-pays”, gradually raised over the years. Express Scripts offered better co-pays, so the Big Cigna bought them out, too. Following are continuing raises in co-pays and tiers.
My October RX summary statement indicates that in October; I purchased four RX costing $18.44, $64.56, $47.99, & $30.00. How much did Cigna pay? Zip. I had one RX costing $141.00, Cigna paid $22.84.
For the ten months YTD, allowing for the deductible, I paid $1143.00 for my RX. Cigna paid $413. But wait! I also paid $377 in premiums. So I paid a total $1,520 YTD. If I had no insurance, about the same result. Is this a deal, or what? Oh, next year, my co-pays have been raised, and my premium goes to $59.00. The Big Cigna will keep ahead of the costs. This is NOT insurance, it is a SCAM.
Once you reach stage 3 coverage gap, you have NO coverage, but still pay the premiums. Medicare Part D only makes sense if you go well into the stage 4 catastrophic level of coverage, where they have to pay 95%.
In my opinion, this is a SCAM. Only thru fear of having to pay thousands of dollars per month for high-priced drugs is how the scam works. The only real alternative is to go broke, suffer the decline in the quality of your health care, and let Medicaid pay for everything.
Seniors who go on this program are generally unaware of this, or just hope the part D plan will help. Unless you are really sick, it doesn’t.
Finally, I called the Big Cigna about all this. I am not waiting 40 minutes, maybe. So you can’t talk to them on the phone. There is no excuse for them or any other big business to fail to answer the phone. They know how many calls they will receive on average – they hope you will stop calling.
Obama said Obamacare would make it better stupid people believed pelosi said pass it to see what’s in it more stupid people believed now there’s biden who’s saying build back better it’ll be free I’m praying for all the stupid people out there
The real stupid people are those that believed the repeal and replace lie from the Republicans. Trump kept lying saying he would have better plan “in two weeks”. He said that lie for over two years.