Present tense

I’m a little confused by the language in this morning’s N&R article on’s new distribution center in High Point.

It looks like a done deal, considering the fact that city employees — don’t they have work to do?– unfurled the banner at yesterday’s press conference.

But then there’s this:

State, county and city officials have proposed nearly $4.4 million in economic incentives for the company.

The state agreed Thursday to give about $1.5 million in incentives.

Guilford County has proposed $650,000 in incentives, and High Point has proposed $2.2 million Neither of these proposals are final yet. Hearings on both incentive proposals will be held in November.

The project “hangs” on the outcome of the public incentives, said High Poiny Mayor Becky Smothers.

Not hung, not hanged. So that leaves a couple of questions: What happens if the public incentives don’t pass?

OK, little doubt that will happen, which means the politicians already know how they’re going to vote. So then what’s the point of having a public hearing?

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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