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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Government transparency activists are complaining local governments won't make public details of the tax-break and incentive packages they are offering to entice Amazon to bring its new headquarters to their jurisdictions.

"More than 15 states and cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Las Vegas, refused requests from The Associated Press to detail the promises they made to try to lure the company, " reports the AP.

State and local government leaders argue that making their offers public puts them in a bad negotiating position, with one telling the AP that their offer is a "trade secret."

  • "It's all paid for by taxpayer dollars," Greg LeRoy, head of Good Jobs First, told the newswire. "Therefore, it should all be public."

Not all governments are refusing to make their offers public, as states and cities like New Jersey and Houston have disclosed their $7 billion and $268 million packages, respectively.

Why it matters: The complaints add another wrinkle to debate over whether Corporate America has an unfair advantage when negotiating tax benefits that forces small businesses and workers to finance a rising share government spending.

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Key government agency says Biden transition can formally begin

General Services Administrator Emily Murphy. Photo: Alex Edelman/CNP/Getty Images

General Services Administrator Emily Murphy said in a letter to President-elect Joe Biden on Monday that she has determined the transition from the Trump administration can formally begin.

Why it matters: Murphy, a Trump appointee, had come under fire for delaying the so-called "ascertainment" and withholding the funds and information needed for the transition to begin while Trump's legal challenges played out.

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  1. Vaccines: Key information about the effective COVID-19 vaccines — Oxford and AstraZeneca's vaccine won't just go to rich countries.
  2. Health: U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations keep breaking recordsWhy we're numb to 250,000 deaths.
  3. World: England to impose stricter regional systemU.S. hotspots far outpacing Europe's — Portugal to ban domestic travel for national holidays.
  4. Economy: The biggest pandemic labor market drags.
  5. Sports: Coronavirus precautions leave college basketball schedule in flux.

Michigan board certifies Biden's win

Poll workers count absentee ballots in Detroit, Michigan on Nov. 4. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday, making President-elect Joe Biden's win there official and granting him the state's 16 electoral votes.

Why it matters: Republican Party leaders had unsuccessfully appealed to delay the official certification, amid the Trump campaign's failed legal challenges in key swing states.