Political Notes – Atlanta is on a long ‘short list’ for Amazon HQ

[private]It isn’t exactly a short list – it includes 20 cities in all – but Atlanta has made Amazon’s first cut at consideration for a second corporate headquarters location.

Amazon released the list of contenders Thursday morning for the plum development project that could potentially create upwards of 50,000 jobs. A total of 238 localities had applied originally.

“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Amazon executive Holly Sullivan. “Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

Georgia has already indicated it will offer financial incentives worth more than $1 billion to try to lure Amazon here. Gov. Nathan Deal said last week he will call a special session of the legislature to pile on even more enticements.

“We are excited to learn that Atlanta has been included on Amazon’s short list,” Deal said. “We truly believe that Metro Atlanta has the talent, transit and logistics that provides the best location for Amazon’s second headquarters.”

In addition to Atlanta, the other cities on the list are: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County (Maryland), Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto, Washington DC.

Cagle: Make ‘em work

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said any Medicaid waivers proposed by the General Assembly should include the work requirements recently authorized by the Trump administration.

“I have long believed that work requirements for benefits build good faith with the taxpayers who fund these programs,” Cagle said.

“Georgia has taken the lead in combating entitlement abuse to ensure our citizens are able to provide for themselves and their families. There is dignity in all work, and we have seen great success with the work requirement programs we have advanced across our state.”

Jackson Healthcare picks Price

Former congressman Tom Price has been appointed to the board of Jackson Healthcare, an Atlanta-based provider of healthcare staffing and services.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon, was the secretary of health and human services under Donald Trump last year before he was dismissed over his use of tax funds to pay for private chartered aircraft.

“Nobody has as profound an understanding of the national healthcare landscape as Dr. Price,” said Rick Jackson, chairman of Jackson Healthcare.

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