Shocker; Mayor TenHaken Supports Corporate Welfare of Anti-Union corporations

We have been saying it for years to our local government, we want new business coming to Sioux Falls, but we want those businesses to be sold on our reliable workforce, we want them to pay a decent living wage, and ENOUGH of the corporate welfare.

Mayor TenHaken thought giving billions to Amazon in NY without the promise of union scale jobs was a missed opportunity. Somehow I am NOT surprised. This is the same guy that let the telecoms and Feds tell us what to do with 5G (an issue that is getting tons of pushback across the nation, of course in PROGRESSIVE communities).We want new businesses in Sioux Falls to INVEST in our community (that means their money) not DIVEST (that means taking our tax dollars for a handful of token pallet humper jobs).

Progressives ‘Get It’ when it comes to creating REAL jobs through REAL investments. Supposed conservatives like PTH just want to give away the farm. Once again, another reason we can’t allow partisans to run our supposed non-partisan city government.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 02.24.19 at 11:20 pm

Why are we shocked? He’s the second coming of Thune. And then believe it or not, one of his campaign chairmen somehow ended up as a Democratic Lt. Governor nominee; and we wonder why the people are no longer represented.

These so-called “jobs creators” are actually low wage creators and nothing more.

Keep in mind too, we live in a state which changed its usury laws, which via predatory lending then created a massive health care system in our town, which is now destroying affordable housing. Where curative care is severely overshadowing preventative cure all in the name of capitalized medcine; and people are kept alive so others can profit from them as opposed to promoting preventive care, which could give greater life as well – and at less cost to us all – without seeing everyone as prospective customers and mere potential profit.



#2 D@ily Spin on 02.25.19 at 7:58 am

The mayor’s job is to attract and promote business. Unions must establish themselves. Different job descriptions. Amazon would never consider Sioux Falls unless it’s for a call center or banking scheme. This city could never accept the growth because of its antiquated undemocratic government and corruption.

#3 kurtz on 02.25.19 at 9:12 am

Just say it: Republicanism is Nazism.

#4 Michael L. Wyland on 02.25.19 at 9:15 am

It should be noted that the average wage of the 25,000 jobs Amazon intended to bring to Long Island was $150,000 – a “living wage,” even in the New York City MSA. BTW, what is the average union wage in the NYC metro, and how much of that gross goes for union dues?

I agree with The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan and the Mayor – it was a shortsighted approach (by opponents on the left) to a long-term opportunity. And, while $3 billion in tax incentives sounds like a lot (and it is), New Jersey offered $7 billion – and lost out. New York based its offer in part on the estimated $25 billion in long-term economic benefit that it estimated would result from the Amazon move.

Echoing John Kerry, people are also overlooking the fact that NYC Mayor DiBlasio was for the deal before he was against it. When the political winds shifted, apparently he did, too.

#5 l3wis on 02.25.19 at 9:25 am

MW, missing the point, there should be NO tax incentives for a business to move in. If they have a good business model, pay a good wage and have the workforce why do they need a tax incentive?

#6 matt johnson on 02.25.19 at 11:16 am

not sure they needed an incentive but they were not being “given” anything- instead of paying $27 billion they were going to pay $24 billion- now they will pay nothing as they are not there; but now AOC thinks that New York can somehow spend $3 billion (on real give aways) that do not exist

#7 Steve on 02.25.19 at 2:15 pm

That 150K number just does not seem right. Michael, I saw the same link, so am not saying you did not get this from a reliable source, but when Amazon workers are making $14.00 an hour in warehouse jobs in NY, how does that get up to 150K. Do they really work 10,000 hours a year?