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Feb 25 11 Comments

Open Letter From New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica Regarding Amazon

Some highlights:
1. "In my 23 years in the State Capitol, three as Budget Director, Amazon was the single greatest economic development opportunity we have had. Amazon chose New York and Virginia after a year-long national competition with 234 cities and states vying for the 25,000-40,000 jobs. For a sense of scale, the next largest economic development project the state has completed was for approximately 1,000 jobs."

2. "The seventy percent of New Yorkers who supported Amazon and now vent their anger also bear responsibility and must learn that the silent majority should not be silent because they can lose to the vocalminority and self-interested politicians."

3. "As the political debate rages in this country, the Governor reminds us of the fact that 'to be a progressive, there must be progress.'"

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TOP 11 Comments
  • New / Eng sparked
    What an eloquent response to abject stupidity.
    Feb 25 0
  • New / Other AuntHilda
    AOC, "Trump paid the Director of Budget to write the letter."
    Feb 25 1
    • New / Eng sparked
      My counter to this would be regardless of truth...there is nothing remotely inaccurate in that letter from what I can tell
      Feb 25
  • Spotify KXAo87
    Amazon wasn't kicked out tho, they took their ball and went home because people in the neighborhood wanted to have some meetings.

    Plus AMZN is hiring just as fast if not faster in NYC.
    Feb 25 0
  • Credit Karma EllisDee25
    Trickle down never worked. The politics of centrist Democrats is a walking anachronism from a time before the recession.
    Feb 25 1
    • OpenTable Meliodas
      A rising tide lifts all boats...unless you don’t have a boat, then you drown.
      Feb 25
  • New / Eng sp0t1ight
    Yeah, sorry, this is BS. Amazon wasn't kicked out - their fragile egos couldn't take not being welcomed with open arms. They were about to irreparably change Queens financially, but they were unwilling to engage with the community, or play a role in helping chart the future of the services that would have been stressed by their arrival (public schools, transit, etc).
    Feb 26 2
    • New / Other AuntHilda
      It is unfortunate that you don't get it and instead blaming on Amazon. If you are running a company, you cannot invest billions of $$$ when the local government hostile. AOC's following is only growing and she was vocally opposed. Amazon wants to focus on the business and not standing against a politician.
      Feb 26
    • Spotify KXAo87
      But they are investing billions. And google is investing even more, just without a BS beauty contest to make a tax break bidding war. NYC still gets the jobs
      Feb 26
  • Google wgqv1h
    Pretty ironic that the so-called democratic socialists were the ones opposing this.

    Actual social democracies have tons to business incentive programs, actually try to court investment, and aim for a workforce of highly paid professionals.

    American ones are more like Pol-Pot types with their bizzare, 19th century concept of what the laboring class should be.
    Feb 26 0
  • Oracle 4SedxZ
    Nicely written.
    Feb 25 0


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