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How much public money was offered to lure Amazon to Detroit? State agency still refuses to say.

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Detroit and the state of Michigan pulled out the stops in their unsuccessful bid to lure Amazon and its second headquarters to the Motor City. But the full extent of that effort, including how much of the public's money and property city and state leaders were willing to give up, is a secret, and it’s likely to stay that way.

Chad Livengood is a columnist for Crain's Detroit Business and he joined Stateside to discuss his attempts to uncover the tax incentives offered to Amazon in Detroit’s HQ2 bid, what he learned about standing non-disclosure agreements developed with Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures to circumvent Freedom of Information Act requests, and the importance of such information to the public.

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