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How Much Would O’Malley Pay To Get 1,000 New Jobs?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Officials from the State of Maryland and Baltimore City have been in talks with Amazon to locate a new distribution center for over a year. According to the Baltimore Sun, the plant would be at the site of the old General Motors site. That site has been determined to be an impoverished area.

The deal, will bring Amazon and the landlord of the former GM plant site over $43 Million in tax credits, loans, and incentives. The Sun article says that the incentive package will be worth $35.3 million in Enterprise Zone tax credits, $5.5 million in One Maryland tax credits, and $1.7 million in brownfield (previously contaminated) tax credits. The state will also loan Amazon $1.25 million, most of which will be forgiven if Amazon employs 1,000 people for 10 years. Also once the site opens, Marylanders will have to start paying the 6% sales tax on Amazon purchases, since it will have a physical presence in the state.

As you may remember Texas Governor Rick Perry put egg on Governor O’Malley’s face highlighting how unfriendly Maryland is to business. Governor Perry released an ad campaign touting Texas’s #1 Business rating.

So how much would Governor O’Malley pay for 1,000 new jobs? $43 million. Guess who foots the bill for these jobs? We do.

Source: Baltimore Sun

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