A conversation with a friend

This week I had a conversation with a friend who owns an environmental services company. His company provides a range of environmental services, including spill response and cleanup under contract to DOT and DENR. Much of his costs are in payroll, and consumable materials like fuel and cleanup supplies. He also has disposal costs. My friend is also a strong Republican.

My friend complained to me that under the new regime in Raleigh, he is having trouble getting paid for his services. He has some invoices to state agencies that are approaching 180 days past due, with DENR telling him they don't have money to pay him for his services.

I made the comment that for all their talk of supporting business, the Republicans don't seem to have a handle on a basic business principle - that businesses cannot survive on 180-days, or even 60-days, aged receivables. For all their tax cutting and regulation slashing bumper sticker slogans, not paying businesses who provide valuable services for state government shows their incompetence.

Comments

Shutting down hospitals...

...makes headlines.

Hopefully small business owners like my friend will speak out against these terrible business practices by politicians who claim to "run government like a business."

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Your Republican friend

Is, to put it bluntly, slopping at the public trough. He doesn't think of it like that, of course, but it is a fact nonetheless.

What on earth possesses him?

My friend...

...is slowly coming around. I suspect he will consider voting for Jane Hipps for Senate 50 over Jim Davis, and Joe Sam Queen to keep his House seat.

And, his daughter is a first year teacher.

I think he recognizes the importance of Federal and state environmental regs, and the importance of these government contracts to his business. Now they are hitting him directly in the pocketbook.

As you know, there is no one more vile in the eyes of a small business person than a wealthy customer who won't pay the bills.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Your friend needs to know

that his $50K small business tax exemption is going away, that his services might very likely become taxable and that he will be paying tax on his electricity. These ought to help push him over the edge to vote in his own self-interest.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014