Amazon Threatens to Cancel New York City Headquarters if It Doesn't Receive $3 Billion in Subsidies
February 13, 2019 at 2:02 AM - Views: 49 #23676eridaniParticipant
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Fearful of losing nearly $3 billion in subsidies for its expansion in New York City, Amazon has moved to a new strategy, one involving threats. The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported on Friday that the company is “reconsidering” its plan to place an office facility for up to 25,000 employees in Long Island City, Queens. In doing so, Amazon is signaling that it will squeeze opponents of the deal politically unless they support the massive subsidy package.
New York City lawmakers who weren’t intimately involved with the “HQ2” bid to bring in Amazon have been sharply critical of giving billions in taxpayer dollars to the world’s most valuable corporation, so it can add to an already existing presence in the region. The deal bypassed city council approval, adding to the consternation.
Any major multinational would have multiple reasons to expand in New York City, given its highly skilled workforce and status as a hub for the technology, entertainment and advertising industries—all areas where Amazon is expanding. That makes the billions in subsidies seem gratuitous.
“Amazon has been growing into the largest company we’ll ever see,” says Jonathan Westin of New York Communities for Change, one of the groups leading the charge against the Amazon deal. “The idea that we need to subsidize them in any way blows our mind.” Westin has helped rally opposition to the deal from labor unions, community groups and prominent politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district is adjacent to the proposed site.
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February 13, 2019 at 2:23 AM #236783fingerbrownParticipant
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May Amazon’s ass meet New York’s door on its greedy f-ing way out!
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February 13, 2019 at 4:59 AM #23701Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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February 13, 2019 at 6:48 AM #23707David the GnomeParticipant
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The massive corporate tax cut wasnt enough? Amazon wants the American taxpayer to further subsidize them? Fuck Amazon. Fuck Bezos.
February 13, 2019 at 8:27 AM #23725beemerphillParticipant
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Why should any town city municipality or area provide any incentive to a business to move there? If moving there is good for that business it will move there, no matter what. If they won’t turn a profit on it there is no incentive big enough to make it worth their time to move there. Corporate welfare has been around for so long that people seem to expect it. Perhaps it is time to change that.
February 13, 2019 at 8:40 AM #23729MikeW285Participant
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I too hope they call his bluff. somebody has to stand up to this a-hole
don’t let the door smack your Dr. Evil ass on the way out, bezoss.
February 13, 2019 at 8:45 AM #23731Ohio BarbarianModerator
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As a resident of a city and county that gave Amazon a 15 year, 100%, property tax abatement to open one of its dark, satanic warehouses known Orwellianly as fulfillment centers, I hope New York bids a hearty “Fuck you, Amazon!” and “Abate this!” to Bezos as he searches for another sucker.
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February 13, 2019 at 9:08 AM #23741artytexasParticipant
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I too hope New York tells Bezos to kiss its ass. Amazon should be paying NY (or anywhere) for the privilege…. I know this is the way it has been done for a long time, but it really needs to stop.
February 13, 2019 at 9:09 AM #23743ThouArtThatParticipant
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Just a reflection of our enslavement to The Global Company Store (Capitalism).
We have collectively sold ourselves to an economic paradigm that is dead set on extracting all life from our bodies and souls.
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