Guest post by “Just the Facts”
The most effective way to reduce the number of crimes committed by, and address other problems created by, illegal aliens is to crack down on the illegal employers who hire them. Eliminate the jobs and illegals have no reason to be here. However, we don’t have enough Supervisors (yet) who will support such a pro-citizen, anti-big campaign contributor change. Moreover, senior County staff incompetence as to how the business license and other government processes work is acting as an additional impediment to making any progress on this problem.
Read the article linked here.
Ideally, all employers would be required to use eVerify and be subject to random audits of their I-9 forms. An easy first step would be to verify that the businesses themselves applying for licenses are legal. The Board of Supervisors won’t even take that step.
From the article,
Martin E. Nohe, R-Coles, had some reservations about adding extra steps for people who want to get business licenses.
‘The smaller entrepreneurial businesses that we say that we want to encourage are the ones that wind up having to meet a higher standard in order to operate legally in the county,’ Nohe said.”
Illegal aliens are taking jobs that could go to unemployed Americans, depressing wages, and committing violent crimes, but Marty is worried about a little extra paperwork for businesses?
County Executive Melissa Peacor provides additional evidence (as if that were needed) about her incompetence in this article also,
“Peacor told the supervisors that there are 12,900 business licenses issued in the county. Of those, 8,900 are issued to corporations that are considered to be legal and don’t need to prove legal status.
“The remaining 4,000 businesses gross less than $100,000 annually and request licenses even though they are not required to do so, Peacor said.”
Not true. To operate legally, all businesses in Prince William County must have a business license. If their gross is less than $100,000 they are not liable to pay the BPOL tax, but they still must have the license. The County ordinance says that. I spoke with a staff person in the Finance Department (most non-senior staff in our government are good people who know what they are doing) when I started a business with less than $100,000 per year gross a few years ago and was told in no uncertain terms that I still needed to apply for the license.
“It would cost the county $80,000 in lost tax collections to divert staff from the compliance and delinquent taxes office to verify legal status of people applying for business licenses, Peacor said.”
What an idiot. $80,000 is about the cost of salary and benefits for a single, mid-level County employee. How many people at a cost of about $80,000 each per year to County taxpayers is Peacor employing to save $80,000 per year in lost tax collections? How many new mid-level staffers do we need to review 4,000 business license applications each year? My take on this is that if we avoid the death or maiming of one, single Prince William County resident at the hands of an illegal alien who came here to work for an illegal employer, reviewing those business license applications is well worth the cost.
Supervisor Principi sides with the illegal business owners also,
“Frank J. Principi, D-Woodbridge, agreed with Nohe.
“’Not only are we losing $80,000 in revenue, we’re also losing an undetermined amount of revenue from those 4,000 businesses that choose not to apply for a business licenses going forward,’ he said.”
Taking your cues from Peacor, Frank? That’s not how you get into MENSA. Even Peacor figured out that businesses with less than $100,000 per year gross revenue don’t pay the tax, and that once gross revenue exceeds $100,000 per year those businesses must apply for a license and start paying BPOL tax. Frank, if the businesses fail to apply for a license when they are liable to pay taxes, i.e., when their gross revenue exceeds $100,000, they are in violation of the law. The County either gets that revenue or the business owner has committed a(nother) crime.
Prince William County must start cracking down on illegal employers if we ever want to get a handle on the illegal alien problem. Business licenses are a good place to start, but eVerify and I-9 audits are critical as well. In the upcoming election, each and every candidate should be asked to go on the record as to where they stand on this issue. If they favor the interests of illegal businesses and employers over the safety and welfare of County citizens, a challenger should be found who will represent the citizens.
Also, we need new senior County staff leadership who understands how business licenses and other important processes in the County government function. Otherwise, sincere, (newly-elected?) supervisors who want to enact positive change will lack the professional guidance they need to do so.
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