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Locales across the country have offered the company big tax breaks and more to attract its second headquarters. Here’s why the secrecy surrounding Philly’s bid should concern you.
Faculty Affiliate Cary Coglianese, a University of Pennsylvania law professor specializing in regulation and business-government relations, said that, given the stakes, Philly and other local governments could have legitimate reasons to maintain secrecy in the midst of the HQ2 competition — but with a catch.
“In a context like this … any city competing for Amazon will want to keep its secret,” Coglianese said. “It’s not necessarily nefarious. It could just be that they want to make sure that their bidding is not undercut by some other city that knows what they’re providing.”
But in keeping citizens in the dark about potential offers, the city is creating “somewhat of a bias” toward Amazon, Coglianese said. He added that there is a “compelling need” for constituents to be made aware of proposals that will affect the rest of the city – such as promises of tax relief or “other favorable positions” that require full city approval through City Council or other boards or processes.
Senate Republicans Pass Tax Bill; GOP pushes to pass measure to avoid government shutdown; U.S. factory orders edge slightly lower and core capital goods orders revised up.
Medicaid directors say that latest ObamaCare repeal bill would place massive burden on states; U.S. announces $700 million in aid for Syrians in war zone; U.S. household wealth rises $1.7 trillion, setting another record.
We currently face innumerable policy challenges at the national level, but sometimes you just need to look close to home to see a policy success.