OBVIOUSLY NOT DC

Fund our communities, affordable housing, schools, and transit. Not Amazon.

 WHAT COULD WE DO WITH $1 BILLION IN DC?

Housing, homelessness, public schools, transit—here’s what we could do instead.

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AMAZON AND JEFF BEZOS DON’T NEED OUR MONEY

Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world, worth more than $120 billion dollars—more money than the individual GDPs of two thirds of the countries in the world.

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WHAT WOULD AMAZON DO
TO DC?

An already unaffordable city could become a city for only the rich.

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Let’s Prioritize DC Communities, Not the World’s Richest Man

Our city’s elected leaders, led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, are rushing to give away an unknown amount of taxpayer money to the world’s richest man and one of the world’s wealthiest companies in an effort to bring Amazon’s “HQ2” to DC. The Mayor has reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement with Amazon, preventing DC residents from even knowing what is being offered with their tax dollars. In a city with a housing and homelessness crisis, where tens of thousands of longtime black residents have been pushed out over the last decade, our city leaders are clamoring to bring in up to 50,000 new, likely affluent residents, without any conversation about the impact on longtime residents. And they’re boasting about 50,000 jobs, a made-up number invented by Amazon to spark a bidding war.

Our public money could be used to fund our housing, our schools, our transit, and our own communities. The Mayor should end DC’s participation in this race to the bottom and release the full DC Amazon bid including the subsidies offered.

What could we do with $1 billion in DC?

The Mayor has blocked us from knowing how much money DC is offering to funnel to Amazon, but the Washington Business Journal estimated “the package could likely exceed a half-billion dollars, possibly in excess of a billion.”1

What could we do with $1 billion instead of giving it away to the world’s richest man?

FUND HOUSING

We could meet the housing needs of DC’s lowest-income residents

END CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS

A billion dollars could fund all kinds of homelessness initiatives.

FUND SCHOOLS

We could modernize all of DC Public Schools.

PUBLIC TRANSIT

We could fully fund WMATA for years.

END MASS INCARCERATION

We could expand programs to stop mass incarceration by treating violence as a public health issue.

FOOD EQUALITY

We could close our grocery gap and increase access to healthy, affordable food for all residents.

FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

We could lead on fighting climate change with carbon rebates, solar, green jobs, and modernized utilities.

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

We could ensure quality mental and physical healthcare for all.

INCOME EQUALITY

We could address income inequality by guaranteeing living wages, basic incomes, and benefits like Paid Family Leave.

Here’s What We’re Giving Away to One of the World’s Richest Companies

Mayor Muriel Bowser has shrouded the DC bid’s incentive package in secrecy, redacting key information when she was forced to disclose the incentives in a documents request. We don’t know just how much DC is offering to give away to the world’s richest man. But we did learn some things about what DC is giving away to Amazon:2

A broad array of research shows these tax subsidy packages are wasteful and don’t deliver. A study of megadeals found that cities pay nearly $500,000 per job created.3

BIG BONUSES

Big bonuses to the company for each person who moves to DC to work for Amazon

NO CORPORATE TAX

A 0% corporate franchise tax rate for five years, then 6% instead of 9% for perpetuity

SALES TAX EXEMPTION

Exemption from DC sales tax on key company purchases

PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Exemption on property taxes for 5 years


And even more that the Mayor is keeping hidden from the public

Amazon and Jeff Bezos don’t need our money

Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world, worth more than $120 billion dollars. He personally has more money than the individual GDPs of two thirds of the countries in the world. He has more than 10 times the money than what’s in the DC annual budget. Amazon is worth more than $700 billion dollars. It captures 44% of all online sales. They don’t need our tax dollars.

What would Amazon do to DC?

What would it look like when up to 50,000 people move to our city for Amazon? We can take a look at Seattle. Home to the ever-growing Amazon, rents have gone up 40% in the last four years.4  The Seattle area has also seen an explosion in homelessness, a 47% increase in from 2007, and now has the third-largest homeless population in the country. The city places in the top 10 for worst transportation congestion.5  Seattle has led the nation in home price increases for 13 months and home prices are up 15.1% this past year to $725,000.6  This means even Amazon employees are priced out of Seattle—it has become a city for the rich.

DC already has a housing affordability crisis, overburdened transit systems, and a traffic congestion problem. It’s already a city of haves and have nots, where white families make three times as much as black residents. How would Amazon impact these disparities?

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