Let’s stipulate that Amazon is a very popular company with consumers. It delivers quality goods at often amazing prices, which has led to it hitting a market worth of a trillion dollars. But taxpayers have a right to be more ambivalent as the company flexes its clout to extract tax subsidies and other privileges from state and local governments desperate to have Amazon build facilities in their backyards.
Connecticut, a state once known for its industry and innovation, is now a crumbling state facing a crossroads election this year. Polls show a race within the margin of error between a Republican who backs supply-side tax cuts to revive the economy and a Democrat who has the support of public employee unions and social justice warriors.