Recall Amazon.com’s playing off of several cities against each other in order to maximize the tax breaks and other returns that company might get for building its second headquarters in the “winning” city. Now we discover this in the offing:
US cities vying for Amazon.com Inc’s second headquarters risk facing an unexpected consequence to victory: other companies will demand the same hefty tax breaks conferred on the online retail giant.
How amazing is that? Other companies want in on the goodies.
I’m not shocked at that; I’m shocked that those cities’ managers didn’t see this coming. Their lack of anticipation speaks poorly of their ability to respond to those demands.
It also speaks poorly of the competence of those cities’ managers.