Thursday, April 26, 2018


THE BENEVOLENT SLEEPING GIANT GULLIVER [ THE PORT] AWAKES AND MIKE HERNANDEZ AND HIS CABAL OF LEMMINGS SEEK TO DESTROY ITS IMAGINE TO THE WORLD FOR CONTROL

Hernandez propagandist Montoya wants you to believe it is a big conspiracy to influence the election that the  Big River Steel deal was just announced.  As is always the case with Montoya he is very short on facts, and instead spins a nefarious conspiracy to destroy anything not liked by Mike Hernandez because it does not serve his lemmings seeking to control the Port.

The real story also involves OmniTRAX, which Montoya attacks.  He never explains all of the financial benefits which came to the Port by selling the railroad, and the obligations put in OmniTRAX to develop the Port.

On May 3, 2018,  this was the Port's press release: "Alan Simon, vice president of industrial development for Denver-based OmniTRAX, which is in charge of developing the port’s industrial base, said Arkansas attracted the first Big River Steel facility through major cash incentives via the state legislature."

When the state is part of the deal you are not going to see the stupid type contracts entered into by the BPUB and Tenaska. But while tell you there is state oversight?  Oh, yea, that does not fit Montoya's and Hernandez's narrative. 

Also from the Port: "Besides the abatement, key incentives would come in the form of land discounts and bond financing from the port and OmniTRAX; capital investment from OmniTRAX parent company The Broe Group"  You see OmniTRAX is not just making money on the Port's old railroad, they have a duty to invest in future business for the Port.  This is a perfect example of a private, government partnership.  But Mike Hernandez does not want you to know this because it proves the Port is on the right track and thriving.  So instead Mike Hernandez pays his propagandist to attack the progress so he can place his lemmings on the Port.

And before Montoya lies about the tax abatements, the deal only allows for the tax abatements to go in place once the facility is built and its full value is known.

This is how a deal is done.  

OmniTRAX was key in helping to bring Big River Steel to our Port.  The obligation imposed on OmniTRAX Montoya presumingly asserts is not newsworthy.  The only thing newsworthy is comparing it to the failed Tenaska deal.

Eventhough Tenaska was a disaster because of a lack of true oversight, it still had a very important purpose for helping to develop the Port, thereby jobs and taxes.

There is no question Tenaska was a disaster.  The purpose behind it was jobs which the additional electricity generation would mean for our area.  From the Port on the history and delay in securing this contract. "Eduardo Campirano, port director and CEO, said port officials have tried for decades to attract a steel mill, though an insufficient supply of electricity in the Brownsville area always was the main stumbling block. Recent upgrades to the Rio Grande Valley’s power grid have eliminated that obstacle, he said."

Montoya's dishonesty in Tenaska comes in the form of his lie and bogus attack on BISD Trustee Phil Cowen when Cowen tried to have the Board hire an attorney to look at going after BPUB and Tenaska for a roll back of the price of electricity and recovering the money already lost.  Montoya in one of his more bizarre twists tried to turn it into a back door attempt for the Board to pay for Elizondo's criminal defense which is a black and white violation of state law.  But attacking the Cowens to settle a score is what Mike Hernandez pays him to do.

If you want development you must have a plan for expanding electricity generation and water.  We are still without a water plan.  

From this morning's Herald. "The Brownsville plant, like the Osceola facility, would support approximately 500 full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000."   This is not some number out of a hat.  It can be compared to the Arkansas plant.


THE BIG QUESTION IS - WHAT WILL WE DO TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE WORKERS READY FOR THE JOBS?  


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