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To Halt 'Race to the Bottom' Bidding War, Community Leaders Issue Key Demands to Amazon


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To Halt 'Race to the Bottom' Bidding War, Community Leaders Issue Key Demands to Amazon

Julia Conley, staff writer

"We built these cities, and we want to make sure they remain ours."


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A better deal with the devil still leaves you on the path to hell


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and be willing to offer generous tax breaks and incentives

Good grief. They just bought Whole Foods WITH CASH! Why the hell should any city give them tax breaks to build there.


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And whole foods is turning to crap-----what’s even more sad is that whole foods has put many small independent natural food markets out of business.


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Why aren’t cities taking this money and investing in the people who live in these cities.SCREW AMAZON!


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Good question. Here’s another: why does “incentives” mean “giving lots of free stuff” when it comes to corporations and the wealthy, but “taking stuff away” when it come to the poor?


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I put this in the same garbage can as the cities that’s throw money at sports teams. They’re all chasing a multiplier effect that never seems to materialize


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Well here’s how it works - promises are made to elected officials - "50,000 jobs!"
Elected officials want to get - elected! So they agree to all this stuff so they can tell their constituents “Look what we are doing for you! 50,000 jobs!” But like idiots, in their negotiations, there are no guarantees agreed to by the company, only by the municipality - so the tax breaks are guaranteed - but the jobs aren’t. Oh yeah - and most of the jobs that do appear will be a) temporary during construction b) outsourced - no guarantee for locals. And once the place is built - Amazon is moving more and more to fully automated facilities - so even the crummy warehouse jobs will go …

Have seen this over and over in NYS …


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They shouldn’t, of course. But to answer the question, many local (and state) governments now routinely offer incentives of various kinds to attract business relocations. It’s almost SOP now in some places. Why? Because, mirroring the capture of federal government by private concentrated capital and their interest groups, local and state governments are frequently dominated by those with a business interest in growth. i.e. Land speculators, developers, builders, realtors, mortgage & finance, road builders, (and in the West, “water buffaloes” etc. All driven by a logically impossible perpetual-growth paradigm. They invest heavily in elections to bring to City Councils, Town Boards, County Commissioners, and even the Legislatures and Governorships people who will repay them handsomely…by subsidizing and incentivizing growth of any kind.

The incentives given to an Amazon or anyone else are given to draw in hundreds to many thousands of people from somewhere else…people who will buy land, houses, water. from the “political entrepreneurs”… the business owners who use donation-supported political connections to help wrangle deals that will enhance their business profits.

This plays out so frequently that one wonders why the average citizen / voter hasn’t figured out the game. They are the ones, after all, who must pay for the expansion of infrastructure and extension of public services all while bearing the impact of the growing traffic congestion, perpetually required maintenance, overcrowding of public facilities, draining of their rivers, destruction of fisheries and wildlife habitat, growing air, noise and light pollution etc.

It’s not as if any of the places in the running actually need the growth. The North Front Range of Colorado of which Denver is a part, has been growing for decades at between double and triple the rate of the nation as a whole. Yet it is never enough for the greediest.

The enhanced profits of some millionaires and billionaire wannabes…that’s what drives these subsidy competitions in most cases.