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  1. Tartan69

    Tartan69 Pawn in game of life

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    MackeyDingo REALLY Well-Known Member

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    We have all the things they want,
    Tech scene
    Vibrancy
    Quality of life
    Transit

    but we have some negative vets as well. Wage tax, not the strongest tech scene (compare to Boston for example).

    We have other strengths that they don't explicitly mention, low cost of living, strategic location between NY and Washington, and lots of empty space for developing an urban campus.

    I think the recent positive exposure this city has had helps a lot with our national reputation. Pope, NFL Draft, Convention etc...
     
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    Bixbyte Well-Known Member

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    Amazon frame of mind are the cheapest land, lowest taxes, pay workers peanuts.
    Philly lacks any of those perks unless they write up a ten year free pass.
     
  4. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    Wrong Amazon, Bixbyte. This is the Amazon that runs that Amazon. They hire the best a brightest for that Amazon and pay them competitive with Microsoft, Google, and Apple.
     
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  5. Bixbyte

    Bixbyte Well-Known Member

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    Jeff Bezos looking for Freebies.
    Maybe, Soda Tax, One Term Kenney is stupid enough to fall for it?
    Tax exempt the Big Kahuna.
    I can't wait for the Amazonians to show up in Philly. (gulp):


    Your City Will Lose the Contest for Amazon’s New HQ
    No town truly fulfills the company’s demanding wish list.

    ... while the winner loads the tax burden of its new prize pig onto existing citizens and businesses.
    It rewards corporations for being flighty, faithless partners to cities and punishes small and local businesses that cannot make credible threats to secure their own incentive packages.

    Why Your City Will Lose the Contest for Amazon’s New HQ
     
  6. mixiboi

    mixiboi Philly Remixed

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    Find it funny you over looked this

    Unless your city is Philadelphia, Chicago, or Denver.

    In spite of it all, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, and Philly are probably the most compelling choices for Amazon. But that doesn’t mean the company might not blow off its interest in higher education or mass transit to procure a low-cost campus in the suburbs of Dallas or Atlanta.
     
  7. fiveomar

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    The wage tax+state income tax is still on par with other major cities. Still, it should be lowered.

    Don't forget the Philly suburbs have a wage tax too.
     
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    Tartan69 Pawn in game of life

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    FWIW, out of the 39 municipalities in Delco, only 19 have Wage taxes, and all but one of them are 1%. Chester is 3%, but I think we can all agree they are a mess so should probably not count. Philly is getting closer to that 1% number, but still 3.9 times higher.

    Could not find details on the other counties. Can anyone help there?
     
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    Bixbyte Well-Known Member

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    I have known Bezos many many years ago off a public prodigy board.
    If it can be bought for free :D he'll take it.
    Tell that to the Mayor!
     
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    It's among the highest in the country is it not? That's not including our business taxes
     
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    Not sure, when I was in NY just the state tax alone was between 6 and 7% (can't remember if NYC had a wage tax). Much higher than PA's 3%. So PA's state + Philly's wage tax is about 7%, roughly on par with NY (not that that's a good thing).
     
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    Yes nys is not going well so perhaps not a desirable comparison. Still, there's 6.45 net profits, gross receipts, and of course 9.99 cni
     
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