Unlikely alliance of free-market libertarians and union-backed activists bicker $100 m-plus in subsidies handed to retailer are a bad speculation for the city
Nashville has a way of wreaking parties together- frequently through music. This time it’s through a shared antipathy for the $100 m-plus in gives this booming city has just handed to Amazon, the world’s most valuable retailer.
The ink has barely dehydrated on a deal that the nation of Tennessee and the city apportioned Amazon and there are now simply a few cases small-minded obstacles remaining before Amazon starts keep moving to a downtown power complex planned for Nashville Yards.
But an odd confederation of free-market libertarians and union-backed activists is determined to hold the politicians and executives responsible for the treat to account. Their hope is that it will serve as a warning to others looking to hand public fund to profitable fellowships in return for the promise of new jobs.
” “Its one” orbit where libertarians and socialists can agree on something: this is a bad idea ,” said John Mozena, president of the Center for Economic Accountability , a free market advocacy group and a self described libertarian.
Local activist Odessa Kelly concurs. A parks and recreations employee and member of the union-backed Stand Up Nashville alignment she says the batch is symptomatic of an approach that is failing the city while handing millions to a company that doesn’t need it.