$1 Billion+ to Entice Amazon
Should the state of Georgia use $1 billion+ of taxpayer funded incentives to entice Amazon to move their headquarters to Georgia?
RESULTS AS OF February 19, 2018
16% Counties Reported
0% Voted YES | 0% MAYBE | 100% NO
Survey Respondent Comments
We must not have to “”buy”” jobs in our state. It is the wrong incentive and it also pubishes smaller buisnesses.
I’d love Amazon to come here, but it’s unacceptable to use MY taxpayer money to make the rich even richer. Crony capitalism is anti free markets!
Amazon can move anytime it wants to.Will have a generations long negative effect on Ga taxpayers. Will not necessarily hire native Georgians. Will have outsized negative effect on GA as a whole due to outsized political contributions. I see no benefit to offering 1B to Amazon.
It is a poor use of tax payer money
I doubt it will be just $1B, probably more like $5B
Why should Amazon be “GIVEN” a billion $$$$ of GEORGIA revenue to more their headquarters to Georgia?
We don’t want Amazon’s type of business. This could turn Georgia Blue, compliments of Republicans.
Amazon can afford to pay taxes just like the smaller employers do. Giving Amazon a tax break gives them an unfair competitive advantage and impedes the free market.
The deals being made with Amazon to “win” them over are being waged by the GA executive branch at multiple levels, moreover, there are layers of incentives being granted by multiple levels of local and state government. All of which are purposely kept secret so as not to reveal our cards to other competing states. The full breadth and depth of the costs and benefits of this deal-if won will not be known until after the deal is struck. The legislature approves the spending of taxpayer money to finance these deals. The inherent lack of transparency in spending my money is unacceptable to Georgia taxpayers and the local communities that will pay the price or benefit in a way not available to other Georgians who will be paying for it. We will survive losing this bid, but we cannot long survive corporate welfare and usurping transparency in state government.
Pass and sgin RFRA and the other bill Deal is against and tell Amazon if the don’t like it, shop somewhere else.
1. It’s poor tax policy, government shouldn’t be favoring some businesses over others.
2. It’s unfair to individual and small business taxpayers, who have to pay more tax in order for state to give incentives to multi-billion dollar corporations who can afford to build their own HQs
3. 50,000 new jobs will increase our already overcrowded highways and surface streets
4. Some will move from Seattle, bringing their West Coast values with them, which will make it more difficult to pass values-based legislation like RFRA. It will also accelerate the process of making Georgia a blue state
5. Amazon has a bad reputation for treating employees poorly.
I want 100% full transparency, nothing less!!!
I oppose Amazon locating in Georgia because of the monetary cost to Georgians and also because of the loss of quality of life. The very thought of more cars on our streets and highways makes me sick.
We have a lot of better things to spend our $ Billions on. Let Bezos and his fellow lib’s go to Boston or Chicago.
It is time for Georgia legislators to put Georgian citizens first instead of corporations. No corporation should receive a welfare check from the state of Georgia. If Georgia legislators cannot woo new companies into our state without tax carve outs and gifts of taxpayer dollars, then the wrong men and women are sitting in those legislator chairs.
Giving away an average of $500,000 per job to attract a company to our area with high impact on our traffic and our schools when those tax dollars are needed?…. total lunacy! Cut it out. If Amazon wants to come here, let them bring their own dollars. They will in all likelihood bring their own people not hire that many from Georgia. Wake up and smell the coffee. There’s a good chance many of you will lose your jobs and be voted out of office if you do this. Say NO.
It is rumored that incentives could total almost $500,000/employee. Also, there is never accountability in terms of requiring the number of jobs promised. Many of those “jobs” might not be available to GA citizens, but, rather, be employees they bring with them from CA and other locations. The impact on our schools, roads, sewer, water….all need to be considered.
We in Cobb county are living with the increased costs of the Braves. It is foolish to bribe more companies to move here to cost the taxpayers even more. Amazon is richer than the entire state so let them pay for moving here! Their CEO is about to start his own health insurance company along with Warren Buffett and the CEO of Morgan Chase.
My thoughts would not be suitable for public consumption.
Same reason that I opposed providing tax dollars for Atlanta Braves to move to Cobb County. NO Public dollars for Private Business.!!!! Let them handle the risks since they are making the bucks.
Some in kind help, but not a billion dollars.!!!!
This reeks of another Braves “deal” where the taxpayers were promised lots of jobs and a bustling “live, work, play” dream, but woke up to the nightmare reality of $millions in revenue shortfalls created by the initial “enticement” and subsequent transportation, infrastructure, public safety costs, etc. that are already driving up taxes and the cost of living in Cobb County.
Traffic congestion already destroys quality if life in metro Atlanta. Not only added employee traffic; but also shipping traffic.
Cut taxes and regulations to entice Amazon, don’t bribe them.
What they call incentives is discrimination. When a choice few pick and choose a choice few.
I don’t feel like i know enough about the details of this possible relocation. I wish there would be a public debate to discuss the pros and cons. Based on what I currently know, I am opposed to this incentive to entice Amazon to our state.
.. . . . of The People, by The People, for The People, NOT . . . . of The Corporations, by The Corporations, for The Corporations! This Amazon Grab All Guru is worth 100 billion. Middle GA is probably the only place in the state which could survive this multi-billion dollar corporation move into their area. The traffic in ATL could not handle this excessive load of transport. . . . . . The People are NOT for sale Gov Deal!!!
Not good for GA as a whole, only a few. Can’t tell that Pinewood Studios has had a significant positive effect in our area.
The impact on traffic and other infrastructure will be worth more than $1 B tax incentive is worth. Amazon is growing too fast and will have too much influence on the whole area. It is a company which could pick up and leave at any time or just “shut the doors on the expansion” like “Sam’s Club” has done and then the state and local governments would be out the tax revenue and then scrambling to back fill the property to get any tax money to recover the losses already given.
Based on the information provided:No. Billion dollars is a lot of money for the tax payers of Georgia to fund a corporation. I wonder how many legislators have stock in Amazon?
Some incentive is needed but $1 B is an insult to the Tax Payer
Georgia has been listed as one of the top ten in the nation for doing business. Our climate, transportation infrastructure, low state taxes, right-to-work state, and an educated and skilled labor pool are listed as some of the advantages. We should use our tax funds to continue to improve these conditions (transportation infrastructure in particular) to entice business. Amazon’s thousands of jobs are primarily low wage warehouse jobs with little upward advancement.
GA and Atlanta are already growing strong and rated high as business worthy. Steady growth is always better than explosive. Amazon will bring lots of negative baggage in a corporate culture that is hostile to the south and traditional family values. This will be bad for all!
NO MORE TAXES! And what proof do we have that some of this tax money will not line the pockets of politicians! It usually does in one form or another! We are Amazon Prime and receive our orders in a timely 2 days without paying higher taxes. If we want to start a business in the state of Georgia, would we be offered an incentive? The answer to that is NO!
I think it is criminal for the Georgia Legislature and Governor to take my money and give it to Amazon, or any other company. This only happens because companies, through Lobbyists, contribute to the campaigns of Legislators and buy them off.
I could agree if Amazon moved to south Georgia, an area that desperately could use the economic stimulus. Atlanta simply does not have the already desperate transportation problems solved that would allow the worker force for an enterprise this large to be effective here. A fast rail between Atlanta and, say Macon would almost be required si,ply to relieve the vehicle burden on interstate 75 and surrounding areas.
The corporations should stand on their own two feet. There are already too many of them in Georgia and we cannot get through Atlanta as is. If they can build a by-pass from Chattanooga passed Atlanta on the west side and from Commerce to Macon on the east side, then do it. Without more roads, our state is already much too congested. Let Amazon move to Wyoming, Utah, or Montana.
First, We will lose twice as much in infrastructure costs just supporting then.
Second, most at Amazon Service Centers 20-25% of their workforce has to be on food stamps to make ends meet. This sweetheart deal will mean more corporate welfare than the taxpayers of Georgia should be forced to swallow. Wish it upon someone else.
Collusion between business and government is fascism, designed to expand government at the People’s expense for their further enslavement to regulation and taxation.
Hard working taxpayers should not be asked to line the pockets of multi billionaire Bezos.
Government, when left alone will always choose the path of quick growth knowing more taxes will be needed later. Giving a bribe to build a publicly funded stadium or giving a “tax break” to bring a big employer is always a short sighted ploy that will bring bigger government later.
I oppose this first because it will take close to a hundred years to possibly break even. All jobs will not be filled with Georgians. A lot of people will move here creating more congestion.
But my biggest reason is the damage that will be done to our culture by bringing Amazon here. The values of this company are NOT Georgia values. And right along with this goes the tremendous influence Amazon will exert on Georgia’s general assembly and we know how the general assembly and our Governors bow at the feet of big corporations.
Amazon will be a disaster to Georgia citizens. I’m tried of our elected officials worshiping the $ instead of Whom most of them “”claim”” to worship. Most have become political whores chasing the dollar & worshiping mammon.
Why should we use taxpayer dollars to “entice” Amazon to come to GA to do business??? No, just say NO!~!
Too much money going to billionaires that won’t pay taxes for decades while the rest of us have our property taxes increasing 10-20% a year. How does that help? Sick of these people not paying their own way.
This is corporate welfare and I think my tax dollars could be better spent.
This is what you get with state handouts to multi-billion dollar companies instead of letting the free market process determine corporate decisions.
We do not need use this kind of money for a company that is one of the richest. Do not get Ga tax payers is this kind of debt. Just like the Federal government free with tax payer money. No no no enough!
Spend the money on something more useful for all Georgians.
stop wasting my tax dollars on corporate welfare!
These companies like Amazon and the movie companies come to Georgia and bring their godless values and politicians in the legislature are afraid to make them mad. This is why RFRA and pro-life legislation can’t make it through the legislature.
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