“Virginia could be paying for Maryland commuters who, for 2022 and perhaps the first four months of 2023, had reported to the office once a month. That’s an entirely possible outcome based on the fine print, as I see it,” he added, “and that would be perverse.”
Washington Post: Amazon HQ2 was thought up pre-pandemic. But the world is hybrid now.
Amazon’s arrival in northern Virginia was supposed to be a massive boost to the area, its workers spending money in local restaurants and coffee shops and for other local amenities. But when the pandemic hit, Amazon’s workers went home like so many others, and they have yet to return. Even when they do, it is likely to be a significantly scaled down percentage, the Washington Post reported.
That isn’t stopping Amazon from asking for some of its hundreds of millions of dollars in public subsidies it extracted for locating there. Critics say Amazon would be taking public money for a project that has already become obsolete.
Good Jobs First Executive Director Greg LeRoy told the Post officials should go back and renegotiate to factor in the changes of Amazon’s hybrid workplace.
Read the full story at the Washington Post.