It just doesn't seem to make sense to me. A white republican from Belmont gives thousands of dollars over the years to black Roxbury state senator Dianne Wilkerson. Then Wilkerson slides in some legislation to give the guy 4 million dollars in public funding to build his for profit development, when they indicated in dozens of public meetings that they weren't going to need public funds.
As Byron Rushing told me, it is all about who you know.
If you don't want your tax dollars going to help these guys, as state rep Marty Walz so eloquently argued in the Boston Courant article send an email to Jane Gumble at the Department of housing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Ms. Gumble,
I am writing to oppose the gift of money to the Columbus Center Project. As a south end resident, MA taxpayer and real estate developer I have good knowledge of the cost to develop property and how to contribute to the overall good of the commonwealth.
There is no reason to give state funds that should go to education, healthcare, and the needy to an extremely rich group of developers so that they can make more money. They never in the dozens of public meetings indicated that they would require public money. As a developer who has made money without public subsidy, I know it can be done. Please keep our tax dollars focused solely on helping those in need, and the for the good of the commonwealth.