Minnesota's bid for Amazon offers fewer perks than other states

Letters from Gov. Dayton and Shawntera Hardy, the commissioner of the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development, show Minnesota is offering between $3 million and $5 million for a potential relocation, along with less tangible perks like proximity to an airport, colleges and universities.

The letters indicate the state is unwilling to offer packages as lavish as many other cities and states are proposing. This is consistent with Dayton's stated plan to offer a "restrained" set of incentives to the online retail giant.

But Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal senior reporter Nick Halter said the city of Bloomington has both land and money to add to the deal to make it more appealing.

Halter joined MPR News host Tom Weber to talk about what we know about Minnesota's bid for Amazon and how it compares to what the company is hearing from other parts of the country.

To learn more listen to the audio above.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.