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Peter Children: Skipper again told you only what he wants you to know about Micro Enterprise

Op-ed:

The headline in today’s Sunday edition of the Globe-Gazette centered on the Micro-Enterprise program at NIACC. This front page onslaught was due solely to what Matt Marquardt had written earlier in the week. Marquardt’s editorial cut through City Hall and the $26,000 a year offices of the North Iowa Commerce Center like a surgeon’s scalpel, peeling the flesh back to the bare bone. Matt exposed the undeniable truth that the patient has died and nothing is going to bring it back to life. It was D.O.A. when the concept was born.

Flipping?  Property for sale after taking Micro Enterprise funds for new sidewalk and driveway.
Flipping? Laura Jumper’s property is now for sale after taking Micro Enterprise funds for new sidewalk and driveway.

Let’s pause and use Mr. Skipper’s facts and figures….you know John will spin you a hell  of a story. Those participating in this blatant rape of the taxpayer are quite few; just 5 businesses.   One business owner, Tyler Anderson, has used the funds to buy candy bars and is said to have spent over $600.00 in Forest City… something that is plainly spelled out as a no no. Another business owner used the funds to improve the property with contracting some cement work then putting the business up for sale. These are your tax dollars, could you not have used some improvements on your own residence? Your business? Business owners, do you enjoy supporting your own competition?

I would say this project was a failure attracting only 5 participants after over 18 months of availability. Yet the city still kicks in $15,000 a year until the $150,000 commitment is fulfilled. Marquardt was right when he asked for answers from the EDC and all others affiliated with this wholly funded group who say much but do little. Don’t hold your breath waiting for answers from City Hall or their accomplices across the street… John Skipper gave the answers in today’s paper and they weren’t satisfying to say the least.

Did you notice, the Globe which is over 100 years old is now in the position of answering to a 3 year old start up online news source called NorthIowaToday.com. Never say never.

Peter Children

Mason City taxpayers gave Laura Jumper $3,600 for a new sidewalk and driveway, only to have her quit the Zumba business just months later.
Mason City taxpayers gave Laura Jumper over $3,400 for a new sidewalk and driveway, only to have her quit the Zumba business just months later.

 

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Read the truth about the MicroEnterprise program here.

Read the truth about the North Iowa Corridor / EDC here.

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