Amazon Opponent Calls For Multi-State Compact To End Corporate Welfare

February 20, 2019 - 5:09 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris joined legislators from across the country Wednesday to call for an interstate compact to end corporate welfare.

Gianaris was a vocal opponent to Amazon’s plan to bring a second headquarters to Long Island City and in the fallout, has frequently come under fire for causing the company to back out of the agreement.

Though, he says the reaction has been more mixed.

“I've had calls on both sides of the issue, mostly in support of my position, and I can tell you on the street I’ve had people crying and hugging me with gratitude because they were in fear of losing their homes and that's people by the dozen,” Gianaris said.

The state Senator is now supporting a bill to ban city and state government from offering corporate subsidies in New York. It would also seek to form a compact with other states to end the practice completely.

“The legislation we’re advocating for today, would allow New York to enter into an agreement with other states. A nonaggression pact, if you will,” he explained.

He says if such a collective agreement had existed, “we wouldn't even be talking about Amazon right now.”