During an interview on “Meet the Press,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed suggestions that the city was giving Amazon $3 billion in exchange for building its new headquarters in Queens.
Amazon recently announced it would be pulling out of the deal after difficulties negotiating with lawmakers. This has prompted a mixed reaction, with many left-leaning individuals celebrating it as a win against corporate greed.
However, during the interview, de Blasio explained that the $3 billion did not already exist and would have come only after Amazon boosted the economy. Host Chuck Todd pointed out it wasn’t “money you had over here, and it was going over there.”
“Correct,” de Blasio said. “[…] And that $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”
Todd further questioned him about the incentives, and de Blasio shut down any questions.
“There’s no money — right,” de Blasio said.
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Although he did not mention her by name, he debunked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) comments after Amazon announced the news.
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“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez said.