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Date: March 4, 2019
Contact: mediacenter@freeandfairmarketsinitiative.org

They Said It!
Virginia Lawmaker Says Local Communities “Are Not Going To Get Any Benefit From This Amazon Deal.”


State Rep. Lee J. Carter says local communities will bear the burden for Amazon HQ2 development in Northern Virginia.
What we have here in Northern Virginia is an area with extraordinarily low unemployment already. We’ve got a situation where we already have more available positions than we have people to fill them. So what we have in Northern Virginia is not a crisis of joblessness. We have a crisis of affordability, and when you’re cramming 25,000 new positions into an area like that, that means there’s going to be a parade of U-Hauls coming down the highway. You’ve got 25,000 new families competing for the same housing stock. So you’ve got people who are working two and three jobs just to get by that have already seen a 20 percent increase in their rent, and that’s before a single shovel has hit the ground, so there are a lot of people who are already barely making ends meet who are not going to get any benefit from this Amazon deal, who are in fact going to see their lives get worse. (CNBC, “Squawk On The Street,” 3.1.19)

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