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Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, but take dim view of Trump
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:37:53 AM »
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There is strong support for the Amazon deal, a non-partisan commission to redistrict the state after each census, passage of the ERA, sports betting and casinos (?), and a general tax cut across the board utilizing a $600 million tax windfall the state received from the Republican tax cut for the rich.

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Eleven months into his four-year term, Northam enjoys support from 59 percent of voters, including 32 percent of Republicans, a poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University found. The poll, released Wednesday morning, found that 24 percent of voters disapprove of the job Northam is doing.

President Trump got much lower marks, with 35 percent of voters saying they approve of the job heís doing and 57 percent of voters saying they disapprove.

Coming just over a month before the General Assembly convenes Jan. 9, the CNU survey takes the publicís pulse on several issues likely to dominate the 46-day session, including gambling, redistricting, the Equal Rights Amendment and tax policy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/poll-virginians-approve-of-northam-amazon-deal-and-casinos-but-take-dim-view-of-trump/2018/12/04/98ccca0e-f839-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.9a694bc258b1

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Re: Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, but take dim view of Trump
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 04:54:18 AM »
I wonder how the support for Amazon would change if the disclaimer that $22,000 per new Virginia job was provided by taxpayers to lure them here. Direct subsidies were $573 million.

Virginia and Arlington also pledged investments totaling $223 million for transportation improvements including upgrading two Metro stations.

The state will also invest $195 million in infrastructure in the neighborhood, including improvements to the Crystal City and Potomac Yards Metro stations and a pedestrian bridge connecting the Amazon site to Reagan National Airport. The Potomac Yards station is not yet open.

From Arlington, Amazon will receive a cash grant of $23 million over 15 years linked to incremental growth of the tax on hotel rooms. The county also will dedicate about $28 million of future property tax revenue for on-site infrastructure and open space at the site.

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Re: Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, but take dim view of Trump
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 09:35:21 AM »
It's like everything else if we don't put up the money, someone else will. I'm more bothered by the amount of money they have thrown at garbage businesses that last until the incentive money runs out - but on this one - I'd say Amazon is a pretty safe bet.
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Re: Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, but take dim view of Trump
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 04:24:37 PM »
My guess is the downfield business/revenue Amazon will generate is the incentive to plow so much state and local money into the expansion. Workers will spend those subsidies locally and plow much of that money back into the community...after Amazon takes its cut, of course.

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Re: Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, but take dim view of Trump
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 09:21:52 PM »
I just think it's crazy the 2nd biggest company in the world has to be bribed to locate somewhere. I think that's total BS.

They will locate strategically where they think it will perform this best. This has to do with talent access, logistics, infrastructure, location, access to high speed internet, and proximity to airports. A one time bribe does nothing for them 10 years+ down the road where they need it to. If it doesn't make sense strategically, no amount of money is going to make them locate somewhere and stay.

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Re: Poll: Virginians approve of Northam, but take dim view of Trump
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 02:28:36 AM »
The promises made in this analysis carry with them the classic appendage to diplomatic agreements: rebus sic stantibus. And we all know that assuming current conditions will remain unchanged for over a decade is problematic. Still, there is precedent to expect that Northern Virginian will remain a dynamic economic environment for many years to come. Being near the seat of national political power has its advantages. 

Amazonís Va. headquarters expected to have $15 billion economic impact by 2030
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/amazons-va-headquarters-expected-to-have-15-billion-economic-impact-by-2030/2018/12/07/3f0db0c8-fa4b-11e8-8d64-4e79db33382f_story.html?utm_term=.a285bdb3b31c

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The D.C. area will see $15 billion in new economic activity and 62,000 new jobs by 2030 with the arrival of Amazonís corporate offices in Northern Virginia, according to a new study.

The report, released Friday by the Virginia Chamber Foundation, said operations of the Amazon offices alone will produce an estimated annual $6.4 billion from 2019 to 2030, supporting an average 27,928 jobs each year in the region. The total impact, which includes spinoff businesses and those that arise to serve the new employees, will be more than twice that, the report said.

Virginia will be the primary beneficiary of the new money, according to Christine Chmura, chief executive and chief economist at Chmura Economics & Analytics, the Richmond-based firm that conducted the study for the business association.

The commonwealth will reap $14.2 billion in economic activity over the next 12 years, 59,000 new jobs and $1.83 billion in new state tax revenue, mainly through individual income and sales taxes, the study said.
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