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    Amazon and Food Stamps

    More important, Amazon has obtained at least $123 million in state tax incentives to place warehouse and data center locations in Ohio. This reflects a perverse form of double-dipping: Amazon gets a bounty to create jobs in Ohio, and then a good chunk of the jobs are so low-paying that workers have to seek federal assistance, providing a second subsidy for the e-commerce giant.
    Classic corporate welfare. Harumphing abounds about the great and powerful Amazon, but what it is, ultimately, is a machine to place formerly middle class people onto a treadmill that generates cash for ownership. That's all, nothing else. This is happening not just in Ohio, by the way. Amazon LOVES to court politicians and set up warehouses with big promises, and then deliver a bunch of shit jobs effectively babysitting largely automated operations.

    I just do not understand how much longer people will idolize shit like this just because it is making big cash for a few people who run it.

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    When Amazon opens a warehouse it brings jobs to that area. That brings tax dollars to the local government coffers. But I can understand hating a corporation like Amazon. Do you hate its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos? That damn liberal.

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    According to the OP link's source, about 11.5% of Amazon employees in Ohio were collecting these benefits.
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    Many cities in DFW area in Texas are fighting to have Amazon HQ or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    According to the OP link's source, about 11.5% of Amazon employees in Ohio were collecting these benefits.
    Yes, this is true. Now of course when you read the article you come across this line, "Figures include both full- and part-time workers, and it is likely mostly part-time workers who qualify." I know that little fact trips a lot of people up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    According to the OP link's source, about 11.5% of Amazon employees in Ohio were collecting these benefits.
    Mr. Djinn,

    How many would be collecting benefits if Amazon did not give anyone a job?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    When Amazon opens a warehouse it brings jobs to that area. That brings tax dollars to the local government coffers. But I can understand hating a corporation like Amazon. Do you hate its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos? That damn liberal.
    What auxiliary jobs does Amazon bring to a community that any other corporation does as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Mr. Djinn,

    How many would be collecting benefits if Amazon did not give anyone a job?
    One of the problems that city leaders were grappling with is the massive tax incentives Amazon was seeking to be considered for moving their warehouse to a community.

    This is no different than promises made of jobs and tax dollars for resident to fund a private sports stadium. In most cases there is no realized tax or jobs boost as promised.

    If Amazon wants to pay their worker min. wage and keep everyone at part-time work and make billions of dollars that is their right...but they should not ask for tax breaks for 25 years from a city to move there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    What auxiliary jobs does Amazon bring to a community that any other corporation does as well.
    Mr. Drone,

    What auxiliary jobs does a vacant building that Amazon does not occupy bring to a community?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    What auxiliary jobs does Amazon bring to a community that any other corporation does as well.
    Amazon brings jobs to the community in many ways. There is trucking to be done at these facilities, that will mean fuel stations get business. There will be more workers that increases need for rental housing, more restaurants, more groceries, and many other things. Yes, other corporations do it, too but they aren't wanting to move in these places. I just don't see a line up of corporations to move there, do you?

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