Tax incentives

Inside Amazon's HQ2 deal with a Virginia county

People wait on a subway platform underneath a sign that says "Crystal City"
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Officials in Arlington County, Virginia Tuesday laid out details of the deal that will give Amazon incentives to bring its headquarters expansion to the Washington, D.C. suburb.

Why it matters: A vote by the Arlington County Board on the draft deal approaches amid mounting scrutiny of financial incentives promised for corporate expansions. A political backlash to Amazon's planned office in New York — announced as a pair with Virginia's — already caused the company to back out.

NFL, Google and Apple expand to new cities as Amazon kills New York HQ2

In this image, only the forehead of Jeff Bezos is visible. On his forehead, a cartoon illustration that says 'return to sender' is displayed.
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Amazon's Valentine's Day decision to break-up with New York before New York broke up with it looks to be the crescendo in a major sea change involving big companies and the municipalities they would like to call home.

Between the lines: As Axios' Erica Pandey reported this week, public outcry against spending taxpayer dollars to subsidize big companies is spreading. Where the trend has been perhaps most pronounced and unexpectedly so recently has been in the NFL.