Activists opposed to tax breaks and other benefits used to lure General Electric to Boston are planning a protest of a press event next week where public officials will trumpet details of GE’s new location.
Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh are set to join GE CEO Jeff Immelt and other company officials at a downtown Boston high-rise on Monday to unveil specifics of GE’s new headquarters.
A flyer circulating on social media with the hashtag #makegepay announced the protest outside the “welcome party for GE.”
“Why are they giving tax breaks and free public services to GE while our schools, MBTA, and housing are underfunded?” the flyer asks.
The protest is being organized by a coalition of social justice groups, according to a Facebook event page. Nearly 70 people had RSVP’d as of Wednesday afternoon.
The company announced last week that it had reached a deal with Procter & Gamble to locate its new headquarters on a portion of Gillette’s campus along Fort Point Channel.
Walsh has defended the use of tax breaks to lure the company from its Fairfield, Conn., headquarters.
“These agreements are not expenditures, but net positives that unlock new taxable developments,” Walsh said earlier this month. “That’s why I’m confident in our agreement with GE.”Christina Prignano can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.