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Amazon HQ2 competition could be 'monument to high-tech arrogance and tax-break favoritism,' group warns

Amazon HQ2 competition could be 'monument to high-tech arrogance and tax-break favoritism,' group warns

Amazon’s search for a location for its second headquarters has been unusually public, but the secrecy surrounding the incentives state and local governments are offering to lure the Seattle-based e-commerce giant could set a troubling precedent for taxpayers, a group that tracks corporate subsidies said in a Tuesday report.

Chicago and most of the other 19 locations Amazon is considering have not shared details of their bids with the public, despite the fact that Amazon did not bar them from disclosing these terms, according to Good Jobs First, the Washington, D.C., nonprofit that issued the report. The company did impose nondisclosure agreements on the 20 locations, preventing them...

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