Burger King's merger with Canadian coffee join Tim Hortons is official. While the company will keep the burger chain's corporate headquarters right here in Miami, the corporation will become a corporate citizen of Canada. That means they'll be paying their corporate tax bill to our northern neighbor and not Uncle Sam.
Well, Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown is already calling for Americans to boycott the burger chain. Granted, it came with a home state-supporting catch.
"Burger King's decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders," Brown said. "Burger King has always said 'Have it Your Way'; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven't abandoned their country or customers."
Apparently Brown didn't check with Michelle Obama and her healthy eating initiative before making that suggestion.
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In fact, the White House has decided to remain mum all together on the news of BK's corporate flee. Though, the White House did restate its position that a revamp of the business tax code is needed to close more loopholes that allow companies to quickly change their corporate citizenship through inverse mergers with foreign companies.
Neither Florida senators Marco Rubio or Bill Nelson took the opportunity to promote Miami's other locally-based fast-food chain, Pollo Tropical.