Finance

Editorial: Time to end the arms race

You're the leader of a large, profitable company that is ripe for expansion. You have operations in multiple states, and all of those states are lining up tempting offers to entice you to expand in their backyards.

Grants.

Tax breaks.

Low-interest loans.

If you're the leader of that company, what would you do? You'd probably sift through the offers and go with the best one, right?

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SOUND OFF

Last week's question:

Manufacturer BAE Systems, which posted a $1.8 billion profit in 2007, received $4.3 million from Pennsylvania to expand its York County operations. Should this state and other states offer these types of incentives to large corporations?

NO — 57 percent

YES — 43 percent

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SOUND OFF

Last week's question:

Republican U.S. Reps. Joe Pitts and Todd Platts are among those pushing for a moratorium on earmarks — taxpayer funds set aside for projects in lawmakers' jurisdictions. Do you support their stance? Why or why not?

YES — 95 percent

NO — 5 percent

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