Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

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  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 11:51 p.m.

    Amazon was smart to pull, when it could see all the nutty politicians. Too bad for NYC and NY. The amount in employees city and state taxes would have been enormous.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 15, 2019 9:00 a.m.

    Long Island City was a very attractive location. 25,000 high paying job, plus all the spin off jobs and investment, would have been good for NYC and its people. The incentives offered by NY were an investment. People who don't understand how these incentives work whipped up opposition, and it was based on emotion and ignorance. But I expect this will be a win for Arlington, another really great community.

    For those of you knocking NYC, you don't know that city. It is truly a great place, and I love going there as often as I can. It is a marvel of a city. Just get past your preconceptions and really get to know it. It is a major player in our American history and in the world economy. And, it's a safe city.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 5:41 p.m.

    It's like cities fighting to give the largest gifts to a sports stadium.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 4:12 p.m.

    Imperial7
    So Amazon will take their 25,000 jobs elsewhere. Is that good for NY?

    NY did not agree to GIVE Amazon anything. NY just agreed to TAKE $3 billion less of Amazon’s money. That is how tax breaks work. The money did not belong to NY in the first place. No middle class people were being taxed to pay for this. To say otherwise is a common and typical democrat misrepresentation.

    But as Thid mention, Amazon is smart not to locate in one of the highest tax areas in the country – they are doing their employees and themselves a favor by not setting up a headquarters in NY.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 14, 2019 1:11 p.m.

    Hooray for NYC!

    Amazon would not commit to hiring local workers.

    Hey SLC, maybe you can beg Amazon in.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    It should be against the law to bribe companies to locate somewhere. All it does is give tax breaks to wealthy companies and pit cities against one another. Build it where it makes sense to, not because of bribes.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 12:06 p.m.

    @Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    Feb. 14, 2019 11:24 a.m.
    What fool would open a business where they would be forced pay exorbitantly high taxes? "Tax the rich" and watch them take their money and leave! Its called tax flight and that's how it works, Democrats."

    Ummm. Did you read the article? Do you understand the mechanics here? NY GAVE Amazon 3 Billion in tax credits. That's socialism-right? While the wealthy capitalists would benefit, the working people would be subject to the added congestion, higher rent payments and their tax dollars taken to pay for this. This was "Tax the middle class". That's how it works, Republicans.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 11:33 a.m.

    "Amazon faced fierce opposition over the tax breaks, with critics complaining that the project was an extravagant giveaway to one of the world's biggest companies and that it wouldn't provide much direct benefit to most New Yorkers."

    Yep. The world's richest man with the world's largest company, wanted NY taxpayers to build him a helipad. This is a guy that can buy a 2 million dollar helicopter, EVERYDAY for over 360 YEARS. Think about that for a minute. Could you spend 2 million dollars a day for the next 5 lifetimes? And then expect taxpayers to give you 3 Billion dollars to congest your town? That's crazy. Just as crazy as Utah's politicians drafting a proposal, as we speak, to get Bezos to build in Utah. With hundreds of millions of our money.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Feb. 14, 2019 11:24 a.m.

    What fool would open a business where they would be forced pay exorbitantly high taxes? "Tax the rich" and watch them take their money and leave! Its called tax flight and that's how it works, Democrats.