Will you pledge to propose an ordinance or charter amendment to end the practice of the Chamber of Commerce or any other private trade association from negotiating public subsidy deals for the City of Austin without a super-majority vote of the City Council? — like the one going on right now for bringing the Amazon H2Q to the Austin area? (Note: This IndyAustin blog linking to the Austin Bulldog on the secretive Amazon negotiations by the Greater Austin Area Chamber of Commerce and Amazon for the City of Austin.) Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

I would like to look at the overall process and determine what are some best practices we can implement. Under the current process, the Chamber handles the initial discussions which have to be vetted and approved by Council at an appropriate time. I understand that the current process allows for some companies to safely look at Austin for options to relocate or expand, without fear of retribution for where they are currently located. But in large public situations like Amazon, I would like to see how we could improve.