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Dayton Promises Restraint in Trying to Lure Amazon

Gov. Mark Dayton says Target and Best Buy have expressed concern about the state offering incentives to lure a competitor to the state. Gov. Mark Dayton says Target and Best Buy have expressed concern about the state offering incentives to lure a competitor to the state. |  Photo: State of Minnesota

September 13, 2017 10:57 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton says any attempt to use state tax dollars to convince Amazon to build a $5 billion headquarters in Minnesota would be "restrained" because of the importance of homegrown competitors Best Buy and Target.

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Dayton says he called the CEOs at Target and Best Buy last week to reassure them of their companies' importance to Minnesota. The Star Tribune says the DFL governor says both companies have expressed concern about using tax dollars to lure a competitor to Minnesota. Dayton has asked the Department of Employment and Economic Development to put together a proposal for Amazon.

The online retail giant is looking for a place to locate a second headquarters, which will prompt some states to offer expensive incentive packages.

The governor's office says Target has 26,000 employees in Minnesota and Best Buy has 8,000, including 12,000 employees at the two companies' corporate offices.

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Information from: Star Tribune


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