In the May 9th issue there was a letter from Kimberly Lee hailing the state of Connecticut for the departure of gun manufacturer Colt to Texas.
The AR-15 may not be popular in the Constitution State, but the loss is Texas' gain. Relocation means jobs, revenue and publicity. This was not the only gain in Dixie at the expense of the north. In 2011, Boeing relocated part of it Dreamliner assembly line to South Carolina.
Earlier this year, Stella D'oro, a company with its roots in New York, moved to North Carolina. Both the airline manufacturer and the Golden Star cited lower costs, lower taxes, freer markets and less government interference as reasons for relocation.
While the product manufactured by Colt may not meet with approval by everyone, the economic benefits and reasons for relocation are certainly points to reflect on. These are not the only companies that have moved to the Sun Belt and will not be the last.
Arrival of a major company in one city or state has economic and political benefits. Nearby businesses such as restaurants and retail profit as well. Have we heard from the businesses, legislature and people in Connecticut who lost their jobs if they are happy with the move?