Editorial: Calif. lacks a job-friendly economic policy

Publisher’s note: This editorial is from the April 7, 2018, Orange County Register.

Amazon’s second headquarters, a shiny object dangled in front of revenue-hungry government officials across the country, appears to be headed for someplace other than California.

The project known as “HQ2” is likely to land in northern Virginia, some observers believe, where Amazon recently located the headquarters of its cloud business a short distance from the site that was pitched for HQ2. It’s also close to the 44-acre site where the company is planning a new data-center campus.

Other Amazon-watchers predict that Atlanta will get the nod for the project, which the company says will bring $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs, many of them paying six-figure salaries.

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