In 2015, Ohio gave Amazon more than $17 million in tax breaks to open its first two distribution centers in the state. The handout was heralded as a job-creator.
By August 2017, more than one in ten of those new Ohio Amazon employees or their family members received government food assistance, state data show.
The data, obtained by the research group Policy Matters Ohio and shared with The Daily Beast, suggest chronic poverty in the once-promising Amazon centers. Policy Matters Ohio estimates that more than one in ten Amazon employees in Ohio receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, which are available to people and families living below the poverty line. Meanwhile, Amazon is living large in Ohio, receiving more than $125 million in tax breaks and cash grants to open new facilities in the state since 2014.
Hmm, well, is that good or bad? What’s the usual rate of food stamps among working people in Ohio?
From Ohio Policy Matters, thus the very same source:
In Ohio, 10 percent of all workers, 523,800 people, are SNAP participants.
So Amazon, and Amazon employees, seem to be representative of employers and employees in Ohio.