Dianavan - couldn't agree with you more on that one.
A report out a couple months ago showed that 60% of american companies didn't pay a cent in taxes. Most of our state governments are bending over backwards to give tax relief to businesses so that they will come to the state, stay in the state, not make any lay-offs or hire more people. This is the biggest rip off I've ever heard of. Sure the companies make money and it is their bottom line that they need to be concerned with. But they also use the roads, utilities, etc. in the area. They are protected by the area police fire dept., paramedics etc. (Unless they are so big that they are required to have their own fire fighting service (not too many that are that big)). We are putting a greater demand on the infrastructure and expecting the workers to bear the burden with their taxes when all too often the business either causes property values to dive (industrial plants) or their aren't enough workers to actually shoulder the debt burden.
The big businesses play states against each other to get the biggest break. It's time for the governors to come together and say, no more! You want to do business? Then you'll have to do it within these minimum guidelines that have been agreed to by all the governors. If you take your jobs overseas then who'll have any money to buy your products.