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Thursday, September 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

On Monday, we reported on Council Member Delia Garza’s enthusiasm for an Amazon presence in District 2. Our Reporter’s Notebook item contrasted that with Garza’s lack of enthusiasm for a recent incentive package for Merck Sharp & Dohme. Following publication, Garza reached out to the Austin Monitor to clarify her positions. “I didn’t support the Merck deal because the entry level requirements were at least a college degree. I am interested in the Amazon deal because it appears some of the jobs would require less than a college degree and those kinds of jobs could help folks in my district and throughout Austin,” she explained. “I will only support an incentive after careful consideration of many things including how this will affect our housing shortage and if the jobs can provide upward mobility for our working families. It could be a great opportunity, if it’s the right opportunity for all of Austin.”

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