Who says Missouri Department of Economic Development
director Linda Martinez
is soft on immigration
For the first time ever, Martinez's agency has stripped a local business of tax credits for having once employed "illegal aliens."
Federal court records show that Joette Reidy
of Happy Apples
-- a company based in Washington, Mo., with an orchard nearby producing apples and other apple-related goodies -- pleaded guilty in November 2007 to the federal charge of hiring at least 10 illegal aliens in a one-year period. She paid a $100 penalty for the offense and was placed on two year's probation.
Now the DED announced Monday
that, under state statute, Happy Apples can't get any state tax credits for the five years following that guilty plea.
The state says Reidy applied in April 2007 for the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). That program's purpose, according to a state Web site
, is to:
Provide assistance to community-based organizations that enables them
to implement community or neighborhood projects in the areas of
community service, education, crime prevention, job training and
Reidy and Happy Apples would've been eligible for $1,400 in state tax credits under that program. Yes, a whopping fourteen hundred bucks.
Newsworthy? Perhaps, if you're trying to dispel criticism
that you're easy on "illegals." Martinez, an attorney, gained prominence a few year's back when she worked pro bono
to fight against anti-immigration legislation in Valley Park