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Amazon, yes; blank check, no

Amazon, yes; blank check, no

Maryland’s transportation secretary said something the other day in Annapolis that likely surprised some folks — including, perhaps, his boss. Testifying before a Senate committee Tuesday, Pete K. Rahn said the Hogan administration was prepared to write a “blank check” for whatever transportation improvements were needed to lure Amazon’s HQ2 to Montgomery County. He raised the possibility that the state could commit more than the $2 billion in road and transit upgrades already pledged as part of Maryland’s $5 billion bid for the second headquarters of the Seattle-based retail giant.

One day later, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan said that the transportation secretary had...

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