Economic Development: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Economic Development: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

State and local governments offer large financial incentives to attract employers to their part of the country. John Oliver explains what communities get, or often don’t get, in return. 

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20 Responses

  1. Kz Teligo says:

    I hope “your” 2nd amendment fucks you up, oh it’s doing its job. Sorry. P.S. You, The USA, fucked up lots up other people, hope your 2nd amendment fucks up your people. When you bombed vietnamese (still going through undetonated bombs), civilian Afganis, civilian Iraqis, killing innocent Pakistani via drons (very american and heroic, hiding somewhere in the Us pushing buttons to kill) You truly deserve it.

  2. ArnoldVeeman says:

    “He moved to Los Angeles, California in 2006 to pursue a career in the film industry and founded Benaroya Pictures”


    That is quie easy to say when you already have millions of $$$ . . . (and coming from the same background of people that thrives the most in Hollywood)

    off topic maybe I know, but sometimes things are way too obvious. Especially when he basically said something like: Movie locations are interchangeable when it comes to tax benefits. I don’t blame him but he has the impression that he is only doing it for the money . . . not to make any beautiful new piece of inspiring art

  3. Chad Mourning says:

    This would have been more original if Reason didn’t beat them to it.

  4. Socal Chris says:

    When regulations get so bad that local governments have to bribe companies to open a business in their city.

  5. iKratosx10 says:

    I wish he could run for President

  6. DPowered Smith says:

    Don’t think he made the point enough that it costs the common person million. When they do that it makes it harder on the rest of us. He brought it up but i don’t think he did it enough

  7. Raven L says:

    Not one tax payer funded fuck boat, but two.

  8. James Shanks says:

    Don’t forget Ken Ham sold the Ark Encounter land to himself (his second non profit organization who’s only purpose is funding his for profit businesses) for 10 dollars to avoid paying the safety tax, which was only even necessary because of the ark encounter. He also agreed not to have discriminatory hiring practices in exchange for getting taxpayer funding. He went ahead with the discrimination and chastity oaths anyway. When Kentucky tried to take their money back, he sued and won. He claims his for profit businesses as for profit or non profit, whichever one benefits him the most at the time. If this were not a religious organization, the IRS would have eaten him alive by now. But even though the same rules apply to religious non profits that apply to ALL non profits, the IRS isn’t allowed to go after a church or religious organization unless it’s initiated by someone with “sufficient rank” and there’s undisputable evidence. And people think they need to defend church from government oversight…. please.

  9. Bernard El says:

    So the solution to wasteful government spending is more government?

  10. Taonovan says:

    Gee it’s almost as if capitalism tends to privatize profits and publicize losses.

  11. Phil Küppers says:

    So I’m the only person who saw Goliath? I liked it.

  12. Michael says:

    Ark encounter was trash and is failing.

  13. allen mathew says:

    They are repeating it (jobs) for a reason… They want to imbibe their marketing gimmick into your brains so you remember them while voting…

  14. For Pern says:

    Hard to believe how fucking BIG Amazon became. Nobody can compete with them, which is the American way.

  15. yasaman yousefi says:

    Make a story on Catalunya.

  16. gplechuckiii says:

    I’ve said for years that if municipalities spent money on reasons for development like infrastructure projects instead of tax incentives it would create a better community. For one it creates jobs in the time being that helps local economies. Two you are garanteed to actually get something for it like fiber optic internet lines or roads or light rail.

    Companies enjoy tax breaks, but they also like to plan for growth.

  17. Tele Opinions says:

    In CA they probably would be better off putting that money into addressing the needs of the soaring homeless population such as housing, mental health, and job training.  It is embarrassing to walk around our streets and see so many homeless people. We tell the entire world that we’re the richest country on earth and yet, we probably have the highest number of homelessness in the developed world.  Explain that.

  18. Luka Calle says:

    don’t forget that for all the talk about coal miners, there aren’t really that many compared to the rest of the country. they don’t even make up 1% of the population. it’s a symbol that repugs use more than anything. if they actually cared about ‘hard workers’ they would equally try to fight for retail, construction and factory workers etc. but because those jobs are filled with minorities, are outside of appalachia and tend to be a lot more visible (therefore less able to be glorified) they are ignored if not insulted by the gop and the right

  19. Dessa says:

    Um, excuse me, but you get 12 starburst a pack. So if you spend a dollar on a pack of starburst but only get one individual candy, you’re getting 8.3% of your money’s worth. So you’re STILL doing better than conneticut.

  20. Bedinsis says:

    I just had an idea:

    From that New York “no taxes for start-ups” arrangement, I assume they would like more people to start companies. However starting a company means being self employed, something many people dare not do since they are provided health insurance by the company they work for.

    How about providing health care as a universal right? That would encourage more people to try their hand at such a venture.

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