Montgomery Co. lawmakers welcome Gov. Hogan’s $5B Amazon proposal

WASHINGTON — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s $5 billion plan to get Amazon to choose Montgomery County over D.C. and Northern Virginia is getting support among lawmakers in Annapolis. Their votes are needed for Hogan’s proposal, which comes as a bill.

Members of the Montgomery County Democratic caucus met Monday evening to discuss the governor’s plan. Del. Shane Robinson signed on as a co-sponsor, as did House Majority Leader Bill Frick. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett also joined the meeting.

Robinson said the incentive package shouldn’t be a tough sell, despite the fact that Montgomery County won out over another Maryland location: Baltimore.

As Robinson explained, the scale of the job growth would be a boost to the entire state. “They’re good jobs — this is an average of $100,000-a-year jobs. And that economic boost, and that multiplier effect that it’s going to have across the state, I think, helps everybody.”

Another advantage to getting Amazon in Maryland, according to Robinson: It would make the region less reliant on the federal government and less subject to the economic blow that a government shutdown can have.

With Amazon as part of the state’s economic mix, Robinson said, “That’s thousands and thousands of jobs where people in Montgomery County and across Maryland would still be able to get their paycheck and spend that money on other businesses across the state.”

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