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Saturday, February 3 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Tax breaks for titans

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In the competition for Amazon’s next headquarters, cities and states have offered the company billions in tax breaks. Is this a smart investment to secure local jobs — as many politicians have argued — or a giveaway of public money to private shareholders? It's a worthwhile question here in Washington, responsible for the largest corporate tax break ever granted by a state, to the Boeing Co. in 2013. This panel of Washington leaders will debate the value of corporate tax breaks, as well as what might happen if Amazon starts asking Seattle what the city has done for it lately.  

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Drew Atkins (Moderator)

Drew Atkins is a longtime local journalist, and recipient of numerous national and regional awards. He also previously served as Crosscut’s managing editor. He is currently at work on an illustrated book about wealth inequality.
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Larry Brown

Larry Brown is the Legislative and Political Director for the Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751. He has worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years and worked for the union for 17 years.  Larry has served on the board for Communities in Schools of Auburn and th... Read More →
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Reuven Carlyle

Reuven Carlyle is a state Senator representing the 36th District. 
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Ron Sims

Ron Sims is a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental and social equity issues. Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, Sims serves as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board. The board is responsible for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State.Sims served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims managed the day-to-day operations of an agency with 8,500 employees and an operating budget of nearly $40 billion.Prior to his appointment at HUD, Sims served for 12 years as the elected... Read More →
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Kriss Sjoblom

Kriss Sjoblom is Research Director and Senior Economist at the Washington Research Council. At the Research Council, he has authored reports on numerous issues, including the state’s economy, its tax system, transportation, and housing. Dr. Sjoblom has served on the Washington... Read More →


Saturday February 3, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Wyckoff Auditorium 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA