Harford Campaign for Liberty Opposes handout to Big business

Harford Campaign for Liberty Opposes Handout to TSA Body Scanner Manufacturer

Bel Air, MD July 10, 2012

The Harford County Council will vote tonight on a Resolution granting up to $100,000 from taxpayers of Harford County to a multi-billion dollar company that manufactures TSA-used body scanners in Edgewood, MD.

The Harford Campaign for Liberty opposes this use of taxpayer dollars and will work to inform the public about this legislation.

Resolution 12-15 was introduced by Council President Boniface at the request of Harford County Executive David Craig via the Economic Development department. This resolution also authorizes the State of Maryland to lend $750,000 to Smith’s Detection Corporation, a London-based firm that specializes in Detection equipment like x-ray scanners and bomb-detection equipment.

The role of government is to protect the rights and freedoms of the people and not to give taxpayer-funded handouts to large, wealthy, multinational businesses.

A vote in favor of this this resolution is a vote in favor of crony capitalism that works opposite the best interests of a free society. This resolution is the County Council picking winners and losers in Harford County, and ought not be suffered by free people.

For information on the bill, see it here:

Unable to display PDF
Click here to download

Fiscal note here:

Unable to display PDF
Click here to download

Some Facts about Smith’s Detection–

Smith’s Group, PLC, is a multbillion dollar company based in London, UK. In 2011, they reported profits of more than $600MM. Here’s their website and the Consolidated Income Statement for 2011: http://www.smiths.com/ar11/consolidated-income-statement.aspx

Smith’s Detection:

-On 7/2/12 announced a $16.9MM contract with the federal government at Aberdeen Proving Ground to produce chemical agent detectors.

-On 6/29/12 announced a $248.5MM contract with the Army, for “non-intrusive inspection systems and hardware” to scan people, vehicles, and cargo in Afganistan. The Army is expected to take delivery by 8/31/14 (The Obama administration has stated that almost all of our troops will be out of Afganistan by 2014)
-On 4/9/12 announced a $27.5MM contract for chemical agent detectors, communications adapter kits, another military items.
-On 3/26/12 Announced a $122MM contract to supply detection systems to the Doha Airport in Qatar, UAE
-On 12/1/11 announced a Navy contract of $9.4MM for meteorological devices

Smith’s Detection’s location in Edgewood, MD receives an Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. Since 2006, they have paid only 20% of their property taxes due to the County and State. This will phase out over time by 2016. They are also eligible for an income tax credit equal to at least $1,000 per employee hired at this location, and $6,000 per ‘economically disadvantaged’ employee over three years.

The Smith’s Detection Edgewood location currently employs 215 people, with plans to add 100 more jobs that will be moving to Edgewood from a location in Canada. The average wage for these jobs will be $74,000.

The mission of Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a noninterventionist foreign policy, by means of educational and political activity.

The Harford Campaign for Liberty meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 23 Newport Drive in Forest Hill, MD at 7PM.

Contact the Harford County Council today!

Council President Billy Boniface:
District A
Dion Guthrie
District B
Joe Woods
District C
James “Capt’n Jim” McMahan
District D
Chad Shrodes
District E
Richard C. Slutzky
District F
Mary Ann Lisanti
County Executive David Craig