Gov. Jerry Brown is offering tax breaks and other incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars should Amazon choose the Golden State as the site of its second home.
“The Golden State is home to the best universities and research institutions in the world, a uniquely qualified and talented workforce and the most dynamic combination of innovation and investment on the planet,” Brown said in an Oct. 11 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. “ … Put simply: there is no better place for a business like yours to continue to grow.”
Brown’s administration drafted the letter, a colorful brochure listing California strengths and a four-page package of state incentives, for all applicants to plug into their proposals.
Amazon launched a continent-wide search Sept. 7 for a site to build a second headquarters of equal importance to its current 33-building complex in Seattle. The deadline is Thursday, Oct. 19, for dozens of North American communities to submit their proposals.
California’s brutal tax regime and oppressive regulations makes it unlikely Amazon will do anything long-term in California.