As Amazon announces plans to open new headquarters in New York and Virginia, local residents are condemning the city and state governments for showering Amazon with massive tax breaks and other giveaways to entice the company to expand. New York state Assemblymember Ron Kim is introducing a bill to block the NYC Amazon headquarters deal and redirect up to $3 billion in taxpayer money away from Amazon and toward forgiving student debt instead. "We have over 1 million New Yorkers living with student debt, unable to pay the minimum amount, barely getting by," Kim says. "But instead of bailing out the people here in New York, our own Democratic governor is willing to transfer wealth out of New York and give it directly to the pockets of the richest man on the planet? That is ridiculous." We spent the first half of today's show covering responses to the Amazon deals—link in bio.
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