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Economics is everywhere...if only you choose to see it. Join the FEEcast team every Friday for a lively recap of the week's important stories to give you the meaning behind the headlines.

Featuring Richard Lorenc, Brittany Hunter, Dan Sanchez and Marianne March

Produced by Sean W. Malone, Pavel Rusakov, and Jaye Davidson

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Amazon’s HQ Tax Breaks: FEEcast Debate!

November 16, 2018

Cities and states across the country have been courting Amazon. Each eagerly wanted to host the retail giant’s second headquarters. And each offered billions in tax incentives and cash handouts to entice the company. Now Amazon has made its decision, and “HQ2” ended up being HQ2 + 3.

The FEEcasters are fans of Amazon (except, ahem, for Marianne), but they disagree on one thing: how should we think about the tax breaks Amazon got? Are they welcome tax relief or crony-capitalist subsidies? It’s debate time on FEEcast. What do you think? 

FEEcast is taking a break next week. FEE wishes you a happy Thanksgiving!

Show Notes:

What Ocasio-Cortez Gets Right about Amazon's $2 Billion Government Handout

Tax Breaks Aren't Subsidies

Amazon Snags $2 Billion in Bribes and Tax Credits From New York and Virginia

Amazon HQ2 Is the Only Competition Where the Losers Are Winners

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