As Cleveland hides Amazon bid, other cities share details, some unwillingly

From The Plain Dealer

While Cleveland leaders refuse to share with the public the details of the public subsidies they are dangling to bring Amazon's second headquarters to the Northeast Ohio, some of their counterparts in competing cities have shared details of their respective bids with their taxpayers.

Some have done so without the blessing of the business and political leaders controlling the bid process. In other cases, politicians have remembered who elected them and made details available. Some have redacted parts of the bid, but nonetheless offered far more than anything Cleveland's business and civic leaders think you deserve.

Those details from other cities are instructive because they indicate how much taxpayers are being asked to kick in. We're talking billions of dollars, in one case. Of course, Northeast Ohio taxpayers aren't being asked anything. Their tax dollars are being pledged in secret.

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