Tennessee

Commentary & Community

States Use Big Subsidies to Lure Amazon

The long wait to see where Amazon’s new headquarters will be located is over. In a surprise move, the company announced that it was opening up two new headquarters – one in New York and one in Virginia. It also will open a call center in Tennessee. While state and local leaders cheer these developments, some critics question the size of subsidies that taxpayers will provide to Amazon.

 

Across the nation, state and local leaders had put together subsidy packages to lure Amazon to their areas. Amazon evaluated these packages and other amenities before making its decision, which it announced earlier this week. It chose a site in Long Island, New York, as well as northern Virginia for its two new headquarter locations. Somewhat unexpectedly, it also announced that it would locate a new operations center in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Here are the subsidy packages these governments promised to Amazon:

 

New York

  • $1.5 billion in direct payments to Amazon on the condition the company creates 25,000 jobs
  • Additional payments to the company if it creates more than 25,000 jobs

 

Virginia

  • $573 million in direct payments to Amazon on the condition the company creates 25,000 jobs
  • $233 million for transportation infrastructure improvements, including upgrades to two metro stations
  • Additional payments to the company if it creates more than 25,000 jobs

 

Tennessee

  • $102 million in payments for a new operations center that Amazon says will create 5,000 jobs

 

New York’s subsidies for job creation will come in the form of tax credits to Amazon, which equal $48,000 per job. Virginia will provide direct cash grants worth $22,000 per job.

 

Supporters of these subsidies argue that they are a vital part of growing an area’s job base. They say that if governments did not offer these incentives, then companies would locate elsewhere. Opponents counter that governments should not tax citizens and businesses to then give that money to a for-profit company. They point out that every dollar given to a company like Amazon is a dollar that cannot be spent on schools, roads, or other public services.

 

While taxpayers in New York, Virginia, and Tennessee will be providing a significant amount of money to Amazon, other states offered even larger incentive packages. Maryland, for instance, put together a subsidy plan that was worth $8.5 billion. New Jersey offered $7 billion in subsidies.

 

Legislators in the three states must now approve these incentives to Amazon. While there are some lawmakers who have vowed to fight the subsidies, it is generally expected that the packages will see quick approval.

 

Do you support states providing subsidies to lure Amazon? Should New York taxpayers provide $48,000 to Amazon for every job it creates in the state?

Tennessee Key Votes – Alcohol and Drugs


Check out these key votes made by elected officials in Tennessee earlier this year, and go to 
www.votespotter.com to sign up and see how your elected officials voted on these and other issues that impact your daily life.

 

House Bill 1287, Allow distilleries to sell drinks: Passed 73 to 17 in the House on April 10 and 23 to 3 in the Senate on April 24

To allow distilleries to sell drinks to customers for consumption on the distillery’s premises.

 

House Bill 109, Reduce penalty for marijuana possession: Failed 44 to 45 in the House on April 10

To make it a misdemeanor to possess or sell under one ounce of marijuana. Under current law, these are felonies.

 

House Bill 547, Allow wineries to sell more types of wine: Passed 66 to 14 in the House on April 20 and 28 to 2 in the Senate on April 24

To allow a winery to purchase wine from another winery in Tennessee or another state and sell or serve it.

 

Senate Bill 806, Allow needle exchange programs: Passed 26 to 0 in the Senate on May 4 and 71 to 17 in the House on May 3

To allow nonprofits to operate needle exchange programs for opioid users as well as test these users for health problems.

 

Senate Bill 798, Update state alcohol laws: Passed 27 to 0 in the Senate on April 10 and 64 to 21 in the House on May 1

To levy a $10,000 fine on an establishment for its second citation for selling alcohol to a minor instead of revoking the alcohol license, to allow hotels to sell sealed packages of alcohol, to mandate the inclusion of liquor-by-the-drink taxes on menus, and to make other changes to the state’s alcohol laws.

 

House Bill 173, Pre-empt local drug laws: Passed 65 to 28 in the House on March 23 and 26 to 5 in the Senate on March 27

To clarify that state law pre-empts any local government laws for conduct involving drugs. In essence, this bill clarifies that local governments cannot enact local drug laws that conflict with state law.

 

Tennessee House Bill 6

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Tennessee House Bill 6, Permit Soccer Subsidies: Passed 87 to 2 in the state House on March 30, 2017.

 

To allow sales tax revenue derived from major league soccer to be allocated to the municipality in which the soccer team is located. In effect, this bill would allow Nashville to use sales tax revenue to subsidize a major league soccer stadium.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee House Bill 6!

 

 

Tennessee House Bill 6

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

House Bill 6, Permit Soccer Subsidies: Passed 87 to 2 in the state House on March 30, 2017.

 

To allow sales tax revenue derived from major league soccer to be allocated to the municipality in which the soccer team is located. In effect, this bill would allow Nashville to use sales tax revenue to subsidize a major league soccer stadium.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee House Bill 6!

 

 

Tennessee Senate Bill 1059

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Bill 1059, Increase Death Benefits for First Responders: Passed 89 to 0 in the state House on May 9, 2017. 

 

To increase from $20,000 to $250,000 the amount paid to the estate of a firefighter, volunteer rescue squad worker, or law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 1059!

 

 

Tennessee House Bill 261

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

House Bill 261, Delay Collecting Internet Sales Tax: Passed 31 to 0 in the state Senate on 9 May, 2017.

 

To delay collecting the sales tax on Internet sales until the conclusion of a court case over the legality of such a tax.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee House Bill 261!

 

 

Tennessee House Bill 1291

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

House Bill 1291, Remove Marijuana Jurisdiction From ABC: Passed 30 to 0 in the state Senate on May 4, 2017.

 

To remove the Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s jurisdiction to enforce criminal offenses involving marijuana.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee House Bill 1291!

 

 

Tennessee Senate Bill 849

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Bill 849, Legalize animal massage therapy: Passed 28 to 0 in the state Senate on April 19, 2017 and 90 to 0 in the state House April 24, 2017

 

To clarify that it is not illegal for someone other than a veterinarian to offer massage therapy for animals.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 849!

 

Tennessee Senate Bill 921

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Bill 921, Legalize silencers: Passed 28 to 1 in the state Senate on April 3, 2017 and 74 to 18 in the state House on May 1, 2017

 

To remove the prohibition in state law on possessing a firearms silencer.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 921!

 

Tennessee Senate Bill 1180

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Bill 1180, Ban post-viability abortions: Passed 27 to 3 in the state Senate and 38 to 0 in the state House on May 3, 2017

 

To ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless a doctor certifies that a fetus is not viable or that the procedure is necessary for the life or health of the mother.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 1180!

 

Tennessee Senate Bill 524

 

Check out this key bill voted on by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Bill 524, Allow sign language to count as foreign language in schools: Passed 33 to 0 in the state Senate on March 6, 2017

 

To allow courses in American Sign Language to count towards foreign language requirements in school.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 524!

 

Tennessee House Bill 798: Update state alcohol laws

 

Check out this key bill passed by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

House Bill 798, Update state alcohol laws: Passed 27 to 0 in the state Senate on April 10, 2017 and 64 to 21 in the state House on May 1, 2017

 

To levy a $10,000 fine on an establishment for its second citation for selling alcohol to a minor instead of revoking the alcohol license, to allow hotels to sell sealed packages of alcohol, to mandate the inclusion of liquor-by-the-drink taxes on menus, and to make other changes to the state’s alcohol laws.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 798!

 

Tennessee Senate Bill 1152: Designate “Celebrate Freedom Week”

 

Check out this key bill passed by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Bill 1152, Designate “Celebrate Freedom Week”: Passed 72 to 8 in the state House on April 24, 2017

 

To designate the week in which September 17 falls as “Celebrate Freedom Week," in which the Department of Education will “educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded.”

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Bill 1152!

 

Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 9: Call for planning balanced budget constitutional convention

 

Check out this key bill recently passed by elected officials in Tennessee, check-in to the VoteSpotter app to see how your legislators voted, and comment below to share what you think!

 

Senate Joint Resolution 9, Call for planning balanced budget constitutional convention: Passed 27 to 3 in the state Senate on February 6, 2017

 

To call for a convention of the states to make plans for a convention that would amend the federal Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

 

Comment below to share what you think of Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 9!

 

Copyright © 2018 Votespotter Inc. All rights reserved.