Is It Worth Amazon Coming to Your City?

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

Seems like I have been writing something about Amazon every week.  Living in Metro Detroit, this one hits a little more home for me as Detroit is one of the cities who are currently trying to lure Amazon to build their 2nd headquarters.  While there are obviously lots of benefits to having a titan of industry relocate to your city, there are often many downsides that people do not talk about. One of those potential downsides are the tax breaks that companies receive to relocate from state and city coffers.  Many are rightly questioning whether those tax breaks are actually as beneficial as they claim to be.  It would be great if all parties involved could provide a clean analysis of what a company receives vs, what they are required to provide.