ECONOMY | Maryland’s Department of Commerce has released a study estimating the economic impact on the state if Amazon chose to locate its second headquarters there. The study found it would contribute $17 billion to the economy and add $7.7 billion in wages. (Bethesda Beat, 2/28)
The study determined the ancillary effects of Amazon would result in about 101,000 total jobs and produce about $280 million in additional annual county tax receipts and $483 million in annual state tax receipts.
“Amazon’s HQ2 is the greatest economic development opportunity in a generation, and this study confirms just how transformative this project could be for Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement about the study. “From the construction phase, to when the headquarters is fully operation, Maryland would reap unprecedented benefits.”
– Local activists and a DC councilmember are concerned the mayor’s proposal that attempts to stop legal challenges to new developments will harm low-income residents and lead to more gentrification. (WaPo, 2/8)
– A local journalist looks into the recent fight about the volume of street performers and others in Chinatown. (Washingtonian, 3/1)
TAX REFORM | Most D.C. Residents Will See Lower Taxes Overall From GOP Tax Law (WAMU, 2/27)
VETERANS | Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen has formally requested a review of the Washington DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center. (NBC4, 3/1)
GIVING | A new study found that individual donors giving through donor-advised funds give more to education and less to religion. (Chronicle, 2/28 – Subscription needed)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | The Environmental Protection Agency released a report that found people of color are much more likely to live near polluters and breathe polluted air. (Atlantic, 2/8)
RACISM | KKK lawyer warns Loudoun Co. against blocking constitutional rights (WTOP, 3/1)
You can now take a water taxi from the Wharf to National Harbor.