Amazon all but told South Carolina goodbye Wednesday after the online retailer lost a legislative showdown on a sales tax collection exemption it wants to open a distribution center that would bring 1,249 jobs to the Midlands.
Company officials immediately halted plans to equip and staff the one million-square-foot building under construction.Amazon immediately canceled $52 million in procurement contracts after South Carolina legislature voted to reject a tax break for Amazon in exchange for locating in South Carolina.
From Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday ordered his managers to impose 42 furlough days on city employees in four union groups after those workers rejected his proposal for cutting the budget shortfall. [8.5 weeks or 2 months or 17 percent of the work year]From Massachusetts:
Employee groups representing more than 6,300 full-time workers voted against the labor agreement that the mayor negotiated last month with leaders of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. Balloting finished Tuesday.
House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night [April 26, 2011] to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.
Federal regulators stomp on Amish selling raw milk.
Something tells me the Amish don't vote, and the consumers of raw milk did not vote for Ronald Reagan, who hated government interference with the free market.