2018 Nov 13, 12:37pm
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Democrat-Socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Amazon on Monday over the news that it has picked Long Island City in Queens as the site of a new headquarters, arguing it will hurt the local community in the New York City borough."We've been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this. The community's response? Outrage," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in the first of a series of tweets over the development."Amazon is a billion-dollar company," she wrote. "The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here."Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to take her seat in Congress next year, questioned aspects of Amazon's planned move, saying that it won't necessarily benefit the local community."Has the company promised to hire in the existing community?" she tweeted. "What's the quality of jobs ... how many are promised?""Displacement is not community development," she wrote. "Shuffling working class people out of a community does not improve their quality of life."Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, contended the company should offer "good healthcare, living wages, (and) affordable rent" to members of the community. "Corporations that offer none of those things should be met w/ skepticism."The Hill could not reach Amazon for an immediate response.Ocasio-Cortez is not the first progressive to take aim at the company in recent months. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) earlier this year ripped into Amazon over its minimum wage policy. The company caved and, as of Nov. 1, began providing a minimum $15 an hour salary for all employees.To finance the move, Amazon slashed worker benefits and stock options.On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez broadened her criticism of Amazon to encompass larger economic issues she has made a central part of her message."(T)his isn't just about one company or one headquarters," she wrote. "It's about cost of living, corps paying their fair share, etc.""It's not about picking a fight, either. I was elected to advocate for our community's interests — & they've requested, clearly, to voice their concerns."
"I need some campaign contributions."
"What's the quality of jobs ... how many are promised?"
Is she any good in bed?
Amazon HQ2's 50,000 jobs will cost New York and Virginia $4.2 billion
Betcha a hamburger that NY/VA made it so Amazon pays little property or corporate tax, and even lets them keep some of the state income tax on employee salaries.
What ppl don't realize is that New York City, yes, the location, doesn't affect Amazon's business.Amazon can easily open a campus in Ann Arbor Michigan as well as Urbana-Champaign Illinois, and hire 1000s of students, recent graduates, researchers, pay them just a notch above postdoc wages, and they could sustain those operations FOREVER. The only reason why my own firm didn't open an Ann Arbor back office is because the person(s) I'd known at Univ of Michigan, graduated and left the region and thus, we didn't have ppl around to lead the effort. If that had occurred, I would have moved there and fucked hoes in Windsor Ontario, during the less busy weekdays and Toronto, on the weekends.
Businesses that need talent will locate where the talent is. It's as simple as that. Amazon may not need as much talent for their HQ2 as a high tech firm would, but it needs the right geographical location and infrastructure. Tax breaks are an added incentive. I'm still surprised they chose NY.
It's kinda easy, it's a no cost opportunity to see what other markets they can tap, like finance, big media, etc, whose executive presence is highly Manhattan oriented.
Say goodbye to your local branch down the streets folks.
Strategist saysSay goodbye to your local branch down the streets folks.You mean my CU? If they survived competition with big banks for so many years, they will survive AMZN too.
I don't think CU's will be able to compete with Amazon. The CU's will have more overheads and less volume. They could go completely online to save on overheads, but they will not have the volume that Amazon can muster up.
I've heard that she is really worried about what her non-constituents think.