Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC) on Thursday announced the submission of a public records request to the state to find out what incentive offers have been made to Amazon in hopes of enticing the corporate giant to construct a second headquarters in the state.
The request is seeking any records that pertain to incentive offers the state has made to Amazon to build its second headquarters in Raleigh.
“If officials really believed North Carolina families would benefit from the Amazon deal, then they wouldn’t keep the details of this bid boxed up,” AFP-NC Interim State Director Anna Beavon Gravely said. “We deserve to know how much of our money is being offered. The state’s attempt to lure Amazon is a prime example of corporate welfare – taking from taxpayers to give to powerful and well-connected businesses – and a reverse robin hood of the worst kind. If our officials were truly focused on creating opportunities for North Carolinians, they’d reject subsidy programs and support pro-growth policies that help all businesses unleash their potential, not just the ones that grab headlines.”
AFP-NC made the records requests to the Office of State Budget and Management, the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, the Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Administration, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, the Department of Revenue, and the Department of Commerce.
AFP-NC has been a consistent voice in the state opposing corporate welfare and tax handouts, saying that the programs reduce competition and give well-connected special interests unfair advantages over every day North Carolinians.
Instead AFP-NC has advocated for improving the business climate in the state for all businesses through strategic tax law changes to reduce the burden of taxation on businesses that come to the state creating jobs and revenue.
Last year, AFP-NC announced “Reverse Robin Hood Cooper,” an effort aimed at shining a light on Gov. Roy Cooper’s corporate welfare spending. Gov. Cooper has committed more than $167 million to handpicked businesses and special interests through the One North Carolina Fund and Job Development Investment Grant Program since taking office. In arguing against handing out the subsidies, AFP-NC cites a recent report by The Business Journals that found that taxpayer subsidies do not live up to the promises politicians place behind them.
In the report, The Business Journals highlight that the expected boon for the states that Amazon moves to often comes with less than exemplary benefits saying, “what it often provides in return for taxpayer subsidies are low-wage warehouse “functions” that, by the company’s own admission, are likely to be replaced by robots someday.”
But that doesn’t stop states from fighting over expansions with ever increasing offers of subsidies, tax-breaks and more.
AFP-NC is part of a nationwide network of advocate organizations that exist to “recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free
society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate.”
Americans For Prosperity has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states.