Last week, the Austin City Council should have learned a lesson in putting clear conditions on incentives it offers to lure development. Those on the receiving end of those incentives should have learned a lesson in paying close attention to those conditions.
That’s about as positive a note as the ball of confusion over $3.8 million in incentives granted to White Lodging Development Services, then withdrawn last week, will yield. The incentives were aimed at encouraging White Lodging to construct a 1,000-plus room hotel at Second Street and Congress Avenue. The decision to withdraw the incentives ended a battle over how the company compensates its construction crews. The company insisted that it was complying with the terms of the incentives agreement; workers groups insisted that the wage structure violated the terms of the agreement.
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