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Maryland Senate approves tax break for Northrop Grumman; House speaker is skeptical

Maryland Senate approves tax break for Northrop Grumman; House speaker is skeptical

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Friday that would extend $37.5 million in tax credits to Northrop Grumman if the giant defense contractor maintains 10,000 jobs in the state.

The Senate voted 31-13 to pass the bill — supported by Gov. Larry Hogan — and send it to the House of Delegates, where it faces long odds of being approved before the General Assembly ends its session Monday.

During an extended debate, opponents argued that the measure is needed to form a partnership with one of Maryland's most important companies and help it compete with rivals receiving tax breaks from other states. Opponents decried the measure as "corporate welfare" for one of...

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