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New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris was ecstatic when Amazon named Lengthy Island Metropolis in 2018 as a front-runner for its new headquarters, a challenge that will convey 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in building spending to his district in Queens.

However his assist light shortly when he realized that state and metropolis leaders had promised one of many world’s richest firms tax breaks price $3 billion in secretive negotiations. A public backlash led Amazon to cancel the funding altogether, however to Gianaris the episode nonetheless illuminated the large energy of tech firms that dominate their industries, overwhelm conventional companies and use that leverage to increase their attain even additional.

Shopper activists, small enterprise house owners and state lawmakers throughout the U.S. are more and more calling for measures to rein in firms akin to Amazon, Apple Fb and Google that wield affect over a lot of on a regular basis life.

Usually that job would fall to the federal authorities. However whereas the Justice Division and the Federal Commerce Fee have filed main antitrust actions towards Google and Fb — each with widespread state assist — Congress stays stalled in the case of making new legal guidelines associated to Huge Tech.

So scores of so-called “techlash” payments are being debated in dozens of statehouses, the place lawmakers of each main events are proposing new rules associated to antitrust, shopper privateness, app retailer charges and taxes on digital advert gross sales. Republican lawmakers are also pushing again towards what they declare with out proof is an try to stifle conservative voices on social media.

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