My Oregonian Op-ed: Portland can do better than to chase Amazon

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I’m pleased that the Oregonian published my op-ed in Sunday’s paper against the City courting Amazon. Please read it for alternative ideas to spur our local economy and support living wage jobs:

Portland should step back from the ‘bidding frenzy’ for Amazon’s headquarters (“Portland and Vancouver join bidding frenzy for Amazon’s ‘second headquarters,’ Sept. 7). We can do much better by investing our public funds in less risky ways, with proven results for a much wider swath of local residents.

Amazon is dangling a jobs fantasy in front of city officials in return for big up-front public subsidies, which the company suggests may require the state to pass ‘special incentive legislation’ – all without any guarantees on the number of jobs, wage levels or timelines. Click to read the rest.

September 18, 2017