Amazon has announced multiple new expansion projects in Bellevue, Washington, including the addition of 25,000 employees over the next few years and both a 42-floor and 43-floor building in the downtown area. The office buildings are said to be 3 million square feet combined, and the projects are estimated to be fully finished by 2025. Currently, Amazon has 2,000 employees in Bellevue, the city in which the company first started, and over 875,000 worldwide.
President Trump has been a vocal critic of Amazon, with his Twitter account often airing his offenses in the earlier years of his presidency. He has criticized the company for “endangering the survival of conventional retail stores through its pricing policies” as well as its “unfair tax advantage.” However, others on the Right admit that while there may be “genuine concerns” regarding the company, “In a democracy, any accumulation of wealth and power will get political scrutiny.”
Many on the Left are leery of Amazon’s growing footprint. The company has been criticized for practices ranging from their environmental footprint, to their working conditions and their treatment of employees, to publicly financed “shady deals” or “tax avoidance,” to the effects the company often has on areas in which they expand – such as raised rent and contribution to the housing crisis. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has also been a major critic of the company’s “monopoly power.” However, regarding the company’s announcement to expand, the mayor of Bellevue stated:
“I am thrilled to have Amazon in Bellevue. Their commitment to increasing the quality of life for their employees and the entire community makes them a great presence and partner for our city.”Lynne Robinson, Mayor of Bellevue