Jason Chaffetz

Maryland's best bet for growth and prosperity: Douglass County (now known as Washington, D.C.)

Maryland's best bet for growth and prosperity: Douglass County (now known as Washington, D.C.)

Imagine you were a state politician flying high above Maryland and you were to ask yourself: What would be good for my state below? What would come to mind? Answers might include: an increasing population that has a high per capita income; a growing state economy; a well-educated and ethnically diverse population.

Is this an argument for making an even more generous pitch to an online goods provider with a $775 billion market cap? Well maybe, but how can all this occur without Amazon’s second headquarters — “HQ2” — here? How can Maryland make this happen, when other states cannot? How can we have all of these things and physically expand our state too?

The answer to these...

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