Tech giant Amazon is looking for a home for its second headquarters.
The company got 238 proposals from across North America, and some cities are going to great lengths to get its attention: New York temporarily turned the Empire State Building orange, to match the Amazon logo. Tucson shipped the company a 21-foot cactus. The city of Stonecrest, Georgia, offered to rename itself “Amazon.”
And, of course, lots of cities and states are hoping to win over the Seattle-based company with massive tax breaks. Chicago is reportedly offering north of $2 billion in incentives. New Jersey is offering $7 billion if Amazon picks Newark.
In California some cities are offering major incentives, too -- but a couple are gambling on a different offer: nothing.
Proposals from Fresno and San Jose don't put up a dime in direct financial incentives. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo thinks subsidies just aren't good for taxpayers.