An Arizona mayor will honor commitment to Nike, even as state’s governor wants to yank funding

Nike may still receive some perks to locate a manufacturing facility in Arizona after all. Georgia Lord, the mayor of Goodyear, said Tuesday the city will honor its financial commitments to Nike despite a controversy over its decision to recall sneakers decorated with a 13-star flag that some find offensive. Goodyear’s decision comes even as the state’s governor wants to yank money it was offering the company to locate a manufacturing plant in the town, which is west of Phoenix. As part of effor


Nike may still receive some perks to locate a manufacturing facility in Arizona after all. Georgia Lord, the mayor of Goodyear, said Tuesday the city will honor its financial commitments to Nike despite a controversy over its decision to recall sneakers decorated with a 13-star flag that some find offensive. Goodyear’s decision comes even as the state’s governor wants to yank money it was offering the company to locate a manufacturing plant in the town, which is west of Phoenix. As part of effor
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An Arizona mayor will honor commitment to Nike, even as state's governor wants to yank funding

Nike may still receive some perks to locate a manufacturing facility in Arizona after all.

Georgia Lord, the mayor of Goodyear, said Tuesday the city will honor its financial commitments to Nike despite a controversy over its decision to recall sneakers decorated with a 13-star flag that some find offensive.

Goodyear’s decision comes even as the state’s governor wants to yank money it was offering the company to locate a manufacturing plant in the town, which is west of Phoenix. The facility is expected to bring 500 jobs to the area.

As part of efforts to entice out-of-state companies, both the Goodyear City Council and the state’s commerce authority promised the shoe company separate financial perks. The commerce authority had promised roughly $1 million in incentives, while the The Goodyear City Council agreed to waive up to nearly $1 million in review and permit fees and reimburse up to $1 million for the jobs it will create, Arizona Republic has reported.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who oversees the the state’s commerce authority, said in a tweet on Tuesday he is directing the state’s commerce authority to drop its incentives for Nike.


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Here’s what you need to know about the second night of the 2020 Democratic primary debate in Miami

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts touts the first Democratic presidential primary debates for the 2020 elections June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Half of the debate participants squared off Wednesday night in Miami, calling for changes to boost the working class and showing competing visions for health care and immigration. A group of 10 Democrats, including some of the top contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, will take the stage Thursday night to round out the first


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts touts the first Democratic presidential primary debates for the 2020 elections June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Half of the debate participants squared off Wednesday night in Miami, calling for changes to boost the working class and showing competing visions for health care and immigration. A group of 10 Democrats, including some of the top contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, will take the stage Thursday night to round out the first
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Here's what you need to know about the second night of the 2020 Democratic primary debate in Miami

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts touts the first Democratic presidential primary debates for the 2020 elections June 25, 2019 in Miami, Florida.

The 10 candidates will face off from 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The debates, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, will air live on those networks both nights. CNBC will also stream them.

Half of the debate participants squared off Wednesday night in Miami, calling for changes to boost the working class and showing competing visions for health care and immigration. Thursday’s debate stage will feature four of the top five candidates, according to the vast majority of early national and state primary polls: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

A group of 10 Democrats, including some of the top contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, will take the stage Thursday night to round out the first primary election debate.

Jose Diaz-Balart, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd will moderate the debate for a second night. Thursday’s event will feature the same rules as Wednesday’s: 60 seconds to answer questions and 30 seconds to respond to follow ups.

Several themes of Wednesday’s debate could play a role in Thursday’s contest, as well. During one of the first night’s most striking moments, just Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, said they supported Sanders’ vision of “Medicare for All” that would eliminate the private health insurance industry, one of the few areas where the contenders diverged. Among Thursday’s group, Biden has opposed a single-payer Medicare for All system, while Harris has insisted she does not want to end the private health care industry.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s contenders will likely join Wednesday’s participants in trying to make their case as the candidate best equipped to lift the working class.

Keep an eye on Biden, who has emerged as the early frontrunner in the race by leading in nearly every survey. He could have a target on his back, particularly after his comments about working with segregationist senators and suggestion that nothing would fundamentally change for wealthy donors if he became president.

Here’s who will take the stage during Thursday’s debate, listed in alphabetical order:

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.

Author Marianne Williamson

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

Here’s the group that already squared off on Wednesday:

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio

Former Rep. John Delaney

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Read more of CNBC’s coverage previewing the first Democratic debate:

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Biden, Harris and Buttigieg rack up big money support as 2020 Democrats battle for donors

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Trump blasts London Mayor Sadiq Khan on UK trip: ‘He is a stone cold loser’

“He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me,” Trump said of the mayor. In an opinion article published ahead of the U.S. president’s visit, Khan likened Trump to the fascists who roiled Europe in the 20th century. Trump and Khan have had a contentious relationship for years. After attackers killed eight people near London Bridge in 2017, Trump criticized Khan’s handling of the attack, and Khan’s office called Trump “ill-informed.” Khan then urged the U.K. government to


“He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me,” Trump said of the mayor. In an opinion article published ahead of the U.S. president’s visit, Khan likened Trump to the fascists who roiled Europe in the 20th century. Trump and Khan have had a contentious relationship for years. After attackers killed eight people near London Bridge in 2017, Trump criticized Khan’s handling of the attack, and Khan’s office called Trump “ill-informed.” Khan then urged the U.K. government to
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Trump blasts London Mayor Sadiq Khan on UK trip: 'He is a stone cold loser'

President Donald Trump fired back a fiercely worded response to London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday morning, in an escalating war of words at the start of the president’s official state visit to the U.K.

Building on comments to reporters Sunday night, Trump took to Twitter just moments before touching down at Stansted Airport outside London. “He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me,” Trump said of the mayor.

He said Khan has “by all accounts” done a terrible job and has been “foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom.”

In an opinion article published ahead of the U.S. president’s visit, Khan likened Trump to the fascists who roiled Europe in the 20th century.

“In years to come, I suspect this state visit will be one we look back on with profound regret and acknowledge that we were on the wrong side of history,” Khan wrote in The Guardian.

Trump and Khan have had a contentious relationship for years. After attackers killed eight people near London Bridge in 2017, Trump criticized Khan’s handling of the attack, and Khan’s office called Trump “ill-informed.” Khan then urged the U.K. government to reassess its invitation to Trump for a U.K. visit later that year. “I don’t think we should roll out the red carpet to the president of the U.S.A. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for,” Khan told U.K. broadcaster Channel 4.


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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says his monthly mortgage payment is $450

In just a few short months, 37-year-old presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has gone from being the little-known mayor of Indiana ‘s fourth largest city, South Bend, to a household name — regardless of whether you can pronounce it. In his time on the campaign trail Buttigieg (pronounced “boot-edge-edge”) — or as his constituents call him, “Mayor Pete” — has emphasized his Midwestern roots. “I actually live in a middle-class lifestyle, in a middle-class neighborhood, in the American Midwest. “


In just a few short months, 37-year-old presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has gone from being the little-known mayor of Indiana ‘s fourth largest city, South Bend, to a household name — regardless of whether you can pronounce it. In his time on the campaign trail Buttigieg (pronounced “boot-edge-edge”) — or as his constituents call him, “Mayor Pete” — has emphasized his Midwestern roots. “I actually live in a middle-class lifestyle, in a middle-class neighborhood, in the American Midwest. “
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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says his monthly mortgage payment is $450

In just a few short months, 37-year-old presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has gone from being the little-known mayor of Indiana ‘s fourth largest city, South Bend, to a household name — regardless of whether you can pronounce it.

In his time on the campaign trail Buttigieg (pronounced “boot-edge-edge”) — or as his constituents call him, “Mayor Pete” — has emphasized his Midwestern roots.

“Everybody’s talking about the middle of the country like it’s some mysterious place and I think it might make sense to have somebody in the mix who actually lives here,” Buttigieg told CNBC Make It in a previous interview. “I actually live in a middle-class lifestyle, in a middle-class neighborhood, in the American Midwest.”

One aspect of that Midwestern lifestyle? Affordable housing. “[His] home is one of the nicest in the city and serves as a reminder of South Bend’s distance from the coasts: The mortgage payment, according to Buttigieg, is about $450 a month,” writes Nathan Heller in Vogue.


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South Bend poor say Democrat Pete Buttigieg left them behind

SOUTH BEND, Ind. His presidential campaign, however, cited South Bend polling data that shows the mayor has made inroads with minority communities. Indeed, Buttigieg was reelected in 2015 with 80% of the vote, winning every part of South Bend against his Republican competitor. His performance among poor and minority voters has weighed on him in some early national polls, too, particularly as his economic record in South Bend comes into greater focus. Buttigieg’s campaign declined on multiple occ


SOUTH BEND, Ind. His presidential campaign, however, cited South Bend polling data that shows the mayor has made inroads with minority communities. Indeed, Buttigieg was reelected in 2015 with 80% of the vote, winning every part of South Bend against his Republican competitor. His performance among poor and minority voters has weighed on him in some early national polls, too, particularly as his economic record in South Bend comes into greater focus. Buttigieg’s campaign declined on multiple occ
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South Bend poor say Democrat Pete Buttigieg left them behind

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – C.J. Neely, a black 16-year-old who has lived here all his life, thinks it’s pretty cool that Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of this small city of about 100,000 people, is running for president.

“I never heard about anybody from Indiana running for president,” Neely said recently outside his childhood home in the city’s northwest.

Just a few days before, Buttigieg, a rising star of the Democratic Party, officially launched his bid for president at an abandoned Studebaker plant downtown that the city helped convert into a 800,000-square-foot tech hub, a symbol of the city pushing beyond its 20th century roots.

Neely, who lives just a few miles away, hadn’t heard about the announcement. And, he said, he hasn’t seen the progress.

“This s— looks the same, every time I walk through here,” Neely assessed somberly. Though he acknowledged that the mayor was “trying,” the teenager delivered a blunt conclusion: “He’s improved s—.”

At a time when economic inequality and racial justice are at the nation’s political forefront, Buttigieg’s candidacy could be hamstrung by the impression that he has not tried hard enough to improve the conditions of South Bend’s poor and minority communities.

Even as his national polling numbers rise, the mayor faces criticism about his record on race, including for his handling of a police controversy that continues to be a subject of conversation in the city. His presidential campaign, however, cited South Bend polling data that shows the mayor has made inroads with minority communities. Chris Meagher, Buttigieg’s national press secretary, said in a statement that a poll conducted by Buttigieg’s “Pete for South Bend” campaign last month showed 86% “of folks, with a heavy African-American sample, said that the city was on the right track.”

Indeed, Buttigieg was reelected in 2015 with 80% of the vote, winning every part of South Bend against his Republican competitor. Buttigieg also won 77% of the vote against a black Democratic primary challenger. In that primary race, though, the extent of his victory was uneven, picking up one predominantly black district by only 60 votes, or four percentage points, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The skepticism has dogged him on the campaign trail, too. Buttigieg has struggled to attract diverse audiences at rallies so far in his campaign. It is an issue Buttigieg has said he is “very intent” on fixing. His performance among poor and minority voters has weighed on him in some early national polls, too, particularly as his economic record in South Bend comes into greater focus.

Buttigieg’s campaign declined on multiple occasions to make him available for an interview.


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Charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett dropped

Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped criminal charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a phony hate crime against himself. There had been no suggestion in recent court filings or media reports that Smollett’s case would be tossed out. Smollett had pleaded not guilty March 14, and before Tuesday’s surprise hearing was next scheduled to be in court on April 17. “This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press c


Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped criminal charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a phony hate crime against himself. There had been no suggestion in recent court filings or media reports that Smollett’s case would be tossed out. Smollett had pleaded not guilty March 14, and before Tuesday’s surprise hearing was next scheduled to be in court on April 17. “This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press c
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Charges against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett dropped

Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dropped criminal charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a phony hate crime against himself.

Smollett, who had faced 16 counts of disorderly conduct, appeared at an emergency court hearing Tuesday morning, where the case was dismissed in exchange for the actor agreeing to forfeit his $10,000 release bond.

There had been no suggestion in recent court filings or media reports that Smollett’s case would be tossed out. Smollett had pleaded not guilty March 14, and before Tuesday’s surprise hearing was next scheduled to be in court on April 17.

“This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference where he and police blasted the dismissal.

He said Smollett “did this all in the name of self-promotion.”

“How dare you!” Emanuel said of the 36-year-old Smollett.

The mayor said that Smollett’s alleged deception meant that future actual victims of hate crimes would be under a cloud of suspicion when they report being targeted for their race, sexual orientation or religion.

“This sends an unambiguous message that there is no accountability, and that is wrong,” Emanuel said of the case being dropped.

Smollett, who is black and gay, told Chicago police in January that he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home around 2 a.m. The actor said the men beat him, shouted racist and homophobic comments, poured a chemical substance on him, looped a rope around his neck and then fled.

Two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, were arrested in February for allegedly being connected to the attack, but later were released without charges. The Osundairos told police that Smollett wrote them a check for $3,500 to carry out the purported attack.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Tuesday that police “found out about [the dismissal] when you all did.”

“Do I think justice was served? No. … They chose to hide behind secrecy in brokering a deal,” Johnson said.

But Smollett, after the case was dropped, said, “I’ve been truthful and consistent on every level since day one.”

“I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of even one drop of what I have been accused of.”

“This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly, one of the worst in my entire life,” he said.

“I want to thank my legal counsel from the bottom of my heart, and I would like to thank the state of Illinois for attempting to do what is right. Thank you for all the support, thank you for faith and thank you to God.”


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NYC deputy mayor suggests that if women ran firms like Amazon the HQ2 deal might have survived

“If there were more women running large companies, there would be a different way in which people engage with communities. Last month, New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris defended his opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 proposal for the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. “Amazon needs to get ahold of what they mean to communities, and act responsibility,” he told CNBC at the time. However, Glen said the incentives offered by the city are availab


“If there were more women running large companies, there would be a different way in which people engage with communities. Last month, New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris defended his opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 proposal for the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. “Amazon needs to get ahold of what they mean to communities, and act responsibility,” he told CNBC at the time. However, Glen said the incentives offered by the city are availab
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NYC deputy mayor suggests that if women ran firms like Amazon the HQ2 deal might have survived

New York City’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen, told CNBC on Friday, her last day in office, that she’d like to see more women running big companies — and if that were the case, deals like the now-scuttled Amazon headquarters plans for Queens might have different outcomes.

“Maybe if there weren’t all these men running companies we would possibly have different results,” said Glen, whose office spearheaded the Amazon HQ2 deal that fell apart last month, in the face of local protests led by liberal politicians such as freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“If there were more women running large companies, there would be a different way in which people engage with communities. There would be a different way in which people started to threaten to leave, etc.,” Glen said in a “Squawk Box” interview. When asked whether that stance could be seen as sexist, she said, “I don’t think it’s sexist at all.”

Last month, New York State Sen. Michael Gianaris defended his opposition to Amazon’s HQ2 proposal for the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City. The others are Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. “Amazon needs to get ahold of what they mean to communities, and act responsibility,” he told CNBC at the time.

However, many other New York politicians and CEOs are trying to get Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to change his mind. They wrote an open letter, which appeared in The New York Times, saying a “clear the majority of New Yorkers support this project.” The effort, paid for by the Partnership for New York business group, said Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “will take personal responsibility for the project’s state approval,” and Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “will work together with the governor to manage the community development process.”

William Ford, chief executive of New York-based growth equity firm General Atlantic, told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Friday that the city’s letter to Amazon does not seem needy. Ford, one of the signatories, said the message to Bezos is, “We want you to reconsider.”

Glen, whose departure was announced in December, told CNBC that the city remains committed to the original Amazon deal, which included city and state performance-based incentives of about $3 billion. Those perks were at the heart the deal’s opposition. However, Glen said the incentives offered by the city are available to any company that wants to bring operations to Long Island City.

“That is where the mischaracterization and misinformation about the basic deal continues to be in the ether,” Glen contended. But she did acknowledge that the state’s incentives were specific to Amazon.


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Uber drivers sue London mayor over ‘racially discriminatory’ anti-pollution fees

Private taxi drivers — some of whom work for firms like Uber — are taking legal action against the mayor of London over what they claim is a racially discriminatory congestion charge. Sadiq Khan, the city’s mayor, oversees transport authority Transport for London (TfL). Under the old congestion charge rules, private hire drivers were not subject to the daily charge. “Most other motorists, from private cars to small business owners, are liable for the congestion charge. Removing the exemption for


Private taxi drivers — some of whom work for firms like Uber — are taking legal action against the mayor of London over what they claim is a racially discriminatory congestion charge. Sadiq Khan, the city’s mayor, oversees transport authority Transport for London (TfL). Under the old congestion charge rules, private hire drivers were not subject to the daily charge. “Most other motorists, from private cars to small business owners, are liable for the congestion charge. Removing the exemption for
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Uber drivers sue London mayor over 'racially discriminatory' anti-pollution fees

Private taxi drivers — some of whom work for firms like Uber — are taking legal action against the mayor of London over what they claim is a racially discriminatory congestion charge.

Sadiq Khan, the city’s mayor, oversees transport authority Transport for London (TfL). From April 8, TfL will begin charging these drivers the new £12.50 ($15.22) daily fee levied on those who drive within the city’s ultra-low emission zone. Under the old congestion charge rules, private hire drivers were not subject to the daily charge.

London’s “black cab” drivers will remain exempt from the charges. In 2021, the area included in the zone will be expanded.

In a pre-action letter sent to the mayor’s office, the IWGB (Independent Workers Union of Great Britain) argued that the charges will be imposed on a workforce where 94 percent of drivers are from ethnic minority backgrounds, while the majority white “black cab” drivers will avoid the costs.

The union claimed that this was a case of indirect discrimination under the U.K.’s Equality Act, and that the policy also breached a number of articles under the European Convention on Human Rights.

It has launched a croudfunder campaign to raise money for the legal costs to take on TfL in court. On Friday afternoon, the IWGB had raised £2,225 of its £50,000 target.

The IWGB has previously proposed alternatives to the charge, including a levy on operators such as Uber. Yaseen Aslam, secretary of the IWGB’s private hire drivers branch, said in a press release on Friday: “We hope the mayor sees sense and scraps this policy that promises to push thousands of drivers into deeper poverty.”

A spokesperson for the London mayor’s office said in an emailed statement Friday that the number of private hire vehicles entering the congestion charge zone had risen from 4,000 a day to 18,000 a day since 2003.

“(The mayor) simply isn’t prepared to ignore the damaging impact this has on congestion and increasing air pollution. Congestion has a crippling impact on businesses across the capital,” the spokesperson said.

“Most other motorists, from private cars to small business owners, are liable for the congestion charge. Removing the exemption for private hire vehicles is a key part of our plans to both reduce congestion and to protect Londoners from harmful emissions from polluting vehicles.”


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New Jersey and Brooklyn offer glimpses of what might have been for Amazon in Queens

It was a chilly Valentine’s Day when Amazon broke up with New York City. There was plenty of finger-pointing from Albany’s state house to New York’s city hall after Amazon bailed on Queens. Yet everyone involved might have taken a lesson in economic development from neighboring Brooklyn and some inspiration from a hamlet in New Jersey that struck its own deal with Amazon. Sixty miles west of the Hudson River drama, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, David Fried, is still seeing green. In Fried’


It was a chilly Valentine’s Day when Amazon broke up with New York City. There was plenty of finger-pointing from Albany’s state house to New York’s city hall after Amazon bailed on Queens. Yet everyone involved might have taken a lesson in economic development from neighboring Brooklyn and some inspiration from a hamlet in New Jersey that struck its own deal with Amazon. Sixty miles west of the Hudson River drama, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, David Fried, is still seeing green. In Fried’
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New Jersey and Brooklyn offer glimpses of what might have been for Amazon in Queens

It was a chilly Valentine’s Day when Amazon broke up with New York City.

In a flash, the Jeff Bezos-led, Seattle-based giant packed up its offer of 25,000 potential jobs once it became clear that opposition to its second headquarters plan in the Queens neighborhood of Long island City wasn’t buckling.

There was plenty of finger-pointing from Albany’s state house to New York’s city hall after Amazon bailed on Queens. Yet everyone involved might have taken a lesson in economic development from neighboring Brooklyn and some inspiration from a hamlet in New Jersey that struck its own deal with Amazon.

Sixty miles west of the Hudson River drama, the mayor of Robbinsville Township, David Fried, is still seeing green.

Fried recently said that the Amazon warehouse that opened in 2014 continues to rake in profits and has created positive impacts in the lives of its 14,000 or so residents.

“We built a new municipal building in the same year we cut taxes,” he said. “Our economy has grown.”

The online retailer’s arrival in Robbinsville helped his constituents benefit from three consecutive years of tax reductions — something that rarely happens in a high-tax burden state like New Jersey.

The mayor praised what Amazon calls its Career Choices program, which uses partnerships with educational institutions to provide college, technical and vocational classes, and prepays up to 95 percent of the tuition for the students. In Fried’s township, Amazon says about 500 people have used the program, with 200 taking advantage in the last year.

“They bring the school to them,” Fried said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“There’s an entire segment of the population who cannot go to school,” he added. “It’s a game-changer for them.”


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Meet Pete Buttigieg, the young, gay veteran and Midwest mayor who wants to take on Trump in 2020

“I understand this is an underdog project, but I would also say that in a season like this … the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.” He’s also an undiluted progressive in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. “We’ve been able to do things with data and technology that have improved the lives of our residents,” Buttigieg said. A small-city mayor has never before won the presidency, let alone one who still has microscopic name recognition compared to hi


“I understand this is an underdog project, but I would also say that in a season like this … the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.” He’s also an undiluted progressive in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. “We’ve been able to do things with data and technology that have improved the lives of our residents,” Buttigieg said. A small-city mayor has never before won the presidency, let alone one who still has microscopic name recognition compared to hi
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Meet Pete Buttigieg, the young, gay veteran and Midwest mayor who wants to take on Trump in 2020

“I understand this is an underdog project, but I would also say that in a season like this … the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.”

As a Midwestern mayor reshaping a small manufacturing town that was enervated in the early 1960s by the abandonment of now defunct carmaker Studebaker, Buttigieg believes his story and experience are what’s needed to beat Trump on the Democratic ticket.

Buttigieg is a Rhodes Scholar and Afghanistan War veteran who can boast of being the country’s youngest mayor of a city of South Bend’s size when he was elected in 2011 at age 29.

And if he wins the Democratic nomination, Buttigieg would be the first-ever gay presidential candidate: He came out in a local paper’s op-ed pages in 2015 amid his re-election campaign for mayor, and married his husband, Chasten Glezman, in June.

He’s also an undiluted progressive in a state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. To be fair, South Bend is located in the relatively liberal hamlet of St. Joseph county — the city is a stone’s throw from the University of Notre Dame and hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1972. Still, Buttigieg chalks his electoral success up to his willingness to innovate in a city whose economic engine had long ago stalled out.

“When I took office, you know, in the community the conversation was about whether we could get back to some version of our days making Studebakers in the ’60s,” he said. “And we had to be very honest about the fact that that sort of economy was not coming back.”

After banning the phrase “we’ve always done it that way” from his government’s vernacular, Buttigieg worked to push the city in a more tech-friendly direction. The city launched a public data portal in 2013, for instance, and more recently has committed to plans to build a tech hub at Ignition Park that were sparked by Buttigieg’s predecessor.

The efforts to change South Bend are delivering, at least by one metric: More people are moving in.

South Bend lost nearly a quarter of its population in the wake of Studebaker’s departure in 1963 — down to about 100,000 by 2010. But in 2015, an Indiana University demographer reported that the city had grown in three of the past four years.

“We’ve been able to do things with data and technology that have improved the lives of our residents,” Buttigieg said. “I think that’s the style of government and leadership that would be pretty welcomed in Washington right now.”

His resume aside, Buttigieg faces a daunting uphill battle.

A small-city mayor has never before won the presidency, let alone one who still has microscopic name recognition compared to his Democratic opponents, or Trump. Same goes for his age — no one in their 30s has ever won the presidency. And an openly gay man has never come close to winning a U.S. presidential election.

“He’s an upcoming star in the Democratic Party,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, but a successful presidential bid is “not likely, because nobody knows who he is.”

Buttigieg concedes that his bid is a long shot.

“I understand this is an underdog project,” he said, “but I would also say that in a season like this, the less you resemble the others, the less you resemble what’s come before, the better.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-02-11  Authors: kevin breuninger, yuri gripas, -pete buttigieg, indiana mayor, presidential hopeful, on rep alexandria ocasio-cortezs, green new deal
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