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Christian Oldenburg

Recently, the common practice of municipalities offering incentives to companies for relocating or expanding has been vilified as “corporate welfare.” Amazon’s bid to open their much-hyped HQ2 in Long Island City was received by accusations of greed, among other politically motivated gripes. Why should a corporation helmed by the richest man in the world be given an incentive package worth $3 billion? That kind of rhetoric served to derail the project and, as this article is being written, city and state officials are scrambling to put the Amazon deal back together.

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