Asking the Wrong Question When the Toy Company Thinks About Leaving


I join others in wondering why it is, exactly, that nobody in Rhode Island government happened to mention that Hasbro was considering a move out of the state until the day after the election.  But the election is over, so we return to our regularly scheduled observations about politicians’ flawed mindset.  Oddly the most telling sentence on this subject has been removed from Tom Mooney’s Providence Journal article since last night:

Grebien said city officials have been talking to Hasbro for several months but that Grebien remains unclear specifically what Hasbro wants in order to stay in the city.

That is simply the wrong question and the wrong attitude, and it shows how politicians’ desire for every decision to run through their hands has put our communities at risk of extortion.  In a healthy political system, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien would be asking what the city and state governments are doing that makes companies want to leave, because we’re doing something wrong if its directors feel as if they can’t remain in the state of their business’s birth.

If the state isn’t doing anything wrong and some factor beyond our control creates the necessity for the move, then we should admit that Rhode Island may no longer be the best fit for the company, or the company for Rhode Island, and society would be better off with more-efficient use of its resources.

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  • Rhett Hardwick

    In the grand scheme of things, I am, of course, a small taxpayer. Still it amuses me that larger taxpayers can now extort the government. Perhaps it will trickle down. Perhaps small taxpayers could unite. Suppose a 100 $10,000 taxpayers refused to pay? (as a practical matter, I believe the terms of most mortgages would make this impossible).

  • stuckinRI

    Sadly we’re never know what the REAL discussions are, we’ll just hear a Cliff Notes version of the tax-breaks and promised infrastructure improvements offered to keep Habro here. Business as usual folks, it’s what the collective “we” voted for on Tuesday. This should come as NO surprise to anyone, it’s just how it’s done.