The parent company of Lowe's Foods, Alex Lee Inc., had received $2 million in tax incentives from the General Assembly and pledged to create 200 jobs for that dole.
Instead, the company recently laid off about 50 workers due NOT to the economy but to ... wait for it ... increased automation at its plant.
Under the terms of its sweetheart tax break, the company was supposed to pay back that $2 million if it didn't create the 200 jobs.
But not to worry. Alex Lee Inc. covered its wide butt by contributing $15,000 to the NC Republican Party's Senate Caucus.
And, lo, the heavens opened and the blessed sun shown down upon Alex Foods Inc. Slipped into House Bill 751 in the waning hours of the NC General Assembly's recent feeding frenzy was a provision exempting Alex Foods Inc. from paying back the tax incentives.
Some Democrats in the NC House voted for this pay-off. Some Republicans voted against it. "The bill sailed through the Republican-controlled Senate 42-0." Far as we can tell, the Dems got no cash for their vote; the Republican senators got a pile. So it goes.