This is not a good day for New York and the good citizens there can thank their liberal tax and spend elitist leaders for their misery. That includes Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. You could say that Jeff Bezos and Cuomo lose and Trump wins once again. That makes me smile.
Fresh off Cuomo making a pilgrimage to the White House to beg President Trump for money and then being told to frack off, another blow just landed to a state that suddenly has a deficit of $2.3 billion in their budget. This won’t help that. Amazon has canceled its plans to build its second headquarters in New York City.
After Ocasio-Cortez whined over the job-maker coming to New York, Bezos decided he had had enough of the socialists. At least for now. He seems rather bent that way himself. Bezos not only owns Amazon.com… he owns the fact-challenged Washington Post. He’s also in the middle of the world’s most expensive divorce.
Amazon is paying $0 in taxes on $11+ billion in profit.
$0 for schools.
$0 for firefighters.
$0 for infrastructure.
$0 for research and healthcare.
Why should corporations that contribute nothing to the pot be in a position to take billions from the public? https://t.co/IdsuKaVOTU
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” the Seattle-based Amazon said in the release.
“For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” the statement reads.
What you don’t read there is it is also a tax and regulation issue. New York has been remade into a hostile business environment by leftists. This is the result of that. The company added that it is “disappointed to have reached this conclusion.” I’m sure they are… now they’ll be forced to set up shop in a less-progressive location. Bummer.
“We are deeply grateful to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and their staffs, who so enthusiastically and graciously invited us to build in New York City and supported us during the process,” the company continued in the statement. I wonder if some harsh words are being thrown at Ocasio-Cortez right now.
Amazon touting “jobs” (has anyone fact-checked where this 25k number even came from? How many were promised to be local hires?)
…but they refused to even consider hiring union when we insisted labor be part of the conversation.
Union jobs are a key ladder to the middle class. https://t.co/HefYzOBhyG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
From Fox News:
“Bankrate.com’s senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick called it a “stunning development,” adding: “For those who didn’t want Amazon to bring the promised 25,000 new jobs and added economic vitality to the area: Be careful what you wish for.”
“Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Amazon was reconsidering its plans for its New York office, which led to cheers from Ocasio-Cortez. “Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations? Yes, they can,” the freshman lawmaker tweeted.
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
“Ocasio-Cortez has also slammed the company for having bias in its facial recognition technology.
Nothing Amazon has said or done – including selling facial recognition technology to ICE & its intent to fight against worker unionization – would lead us to believe it could be a good or healthy neighbor for NYC. https://t.co/BwASshxJ9F
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 1, 2019
“Fox News has reached out to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.
“Amazon said it would proceed as planned with the second part of its HQ2, which will be built in Northern Virginia, as well as its distribution center that it said it would open in Nashville. It will also continue to “hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada.”
“The deal was greeted with much fanfare when it was announced last year and was lauded as a major economic boost.
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had touted the benefits of Amazon’s HQ2, which included a pledge from the tech giant to create 25,000 jobs, paying an average of $150,000 per year in exchange for a slew of city and state tax breaks and subsidies worth up to $3 billion.
“In addition to the 25,000 jobs, Amazon would’ve brought $2.5 billion in Amazon investment and eventually 8 million square feet of office space to Long Island City as part of its investment announced last November. The Seattle-based company said it would have generated “incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of Amazon’s investment and job creation.”‘
A recent poll showed that 57 percent of New Yorkers welcomed Amazon and the jobs it would bring. So much for socialists supporting the working man.
And while there are those that dithered over what Amazon’s decision could do to already rising real estate prices in the area, Hamrick said this won’t solve those problems.
“From a broader view, this decision will do nothing to resolve the challenges associated with housing affordability voiced by critics of the Amazon decision and the generous tax incentives offered by government,” Hamrick said in comments obtained by Fox News. “That requires a bigger conversation which could very well unfold along with the 2020 election cycle.”
One thing is certain, less business means fewer jobs, which means less money rolling into New York’s coffers. This is what happens when you let socialists run your state like a bunch of free-range chickens.