'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Brian Bigelow, Lee County commissioner: Should employers as Arthrex get subsidies to come to Lee?

National and local politics are in the spotlight.

Guests and issues on “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7 include:

Karen Harrington of Davie, GOP challenger for the Miami U.S. House seat (District 20) now held by the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz;

Trey Radel, morning talk show host, Fox News Radio 92.5: who’s leading in Washington?

Brian Bigelow, Lee County commissioner: Should employers as Arthrex get subsidies to come to Lee?

Here are highlights of the Sunday show.

Other text and video highlights are available at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

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NewsMakers: Brian Bigelow

Should employers such as Arthrex get subsidies ...

Brian Bigelow

Lytle: Can you give us any insight into Arthrex, which is based is North Naples? We keep hearing that they’re considering still expanding to Lee County rather than in Collier County.

Are you privy to any of those talks, and what can you tell us?

Bigelow: Well, someone has contacted me about that and suggested that maybe I ... you know, carry the banner for that kind of move.

Again, I’m a little wary of that approach to incentivizing economic development. I think it benefits too few at the expense of too many.

You know it’s not say that I wouldn’t welcome the consideration of them moving to Lee County ...

Lytle: It just depends on what the county would have to put on the table?

Bigelow: Absolutely. You know, I’m looking more closely on whether or not this is money ($25 million fund set up by the county to encourage economic growth) is being well spent. And so, my threshold for approving these as they come to me has grown, and I voted against some since we first authorized that fund.

I would be more in favor of micro-loans for existing businesses rather thn incentives for new ones.

Also discussed Sunday at 10 on ABC7: The economy’s impact on planning and environmental protection.

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