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“It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Maryland’s state senate passed a whopping $5.6 billion tax incentives package late Monday night, geared toward luring Amazon to pick the state for HQ2. The proposal would offer Amazon a tax credit on wages paid and sales, as well as give the company tax breaks for increasing property value around its headquarters. Through 2054, Maryland budget analysts have estimated the incentives would total upwards of $5.5 billion. D.C. is rumored to have offered the company a similar shake, and housing advocates aren’t happy about it. Expect to hear more about Amazon’s impact on the region’s housing market and homeless population during today’s hearing on urban development and zoning.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Former employee sues Mike Isabella and four of his partners for sexual harassment. [Post]

  • Happy spring! Don’t forget your parka this morning. [WTOP]

  • D.C. residents (and concerned mothers) occupied Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s office, protesting his effort to expand gun sales in the District. [PoPville]

  • Hundreds of tenant advocates, developers, policy analysts, and city officials will testify at the D.C. Council today with the hope of helping to shape the city’s long-term urban development plan. [WCP]

  • Maryland teacher “sickout” creates tension between school staff and county administrators. [WTOP]

  • Ward 8 councilmember Trayon White offers a mea culpa for recording an anti-Semitic, climate-change-denying Facebook video last week. [WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • Podcast: Breaking down Mayor Muriel Bowser’s ‘18 State of the District speech. [WCP]

  • Trayon White at government meeting last month: Rothschilds control World Bank.[Post]

  • Post editorial board: Under mayoral control, D.C. public schools have progressed. [Post]

  • Bowser and Justin Timberlake promote “March for Our Lives” in joint video ad. [NBC4]

  • Thirty people died on District roads in 2017. Is the Vision Zero initiative working? [Kojo]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Check out Pinky KillaCorn’s new single. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

  • Shows to catch this week: Two Inch Astronaut, Gauche, Ultra Beauty, and our Luce Unplugged showcase with Governess and Antonia. [DC Music Download]

  • Set your alarms: Public tickets for Hamilton at the Kennedy Center go on sale next week. [Post]

  • Wale’s new music video for “Staying Power” features Lightshow, Flex Kartel, and a smattering of other local rappers. [DC Mumbo Sauce]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • There’s more than one way to enjoy D.C. standby 2 Amys. [WCP]

  • German food is on the outs. [Post]

  • Yelp’s D.C. office has a ping pong table and a beer keg. [WBJ]

  • Ruta del Vino has a new chef who digs seafood. [Eater]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a change to build a massive resort, performance venue, and casino in eastern Virginia. [WBJ]

  • Crowdsourced advice for first-time homebuyers. [PoPville]

  • Developers want to see Brookland become D.C.’s hottest neighborhood, but project appeals are hampering their efforts. [BisNow]

  • D.C.’s poorest residents continue to live without regular access to heat. [NBC4]

HAPPENING TODAY:

  • ANC 4D meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. 5200 2nd St. NW.

  • ANC 7F also meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. 100 Stoddert Pl. SE.

  • ANC 1D meets at 7:00 p.m. 3160 16th St. NW.

  • ANC 8B also meets at 7:00 p.m. 2455 Alabama Ave. SE.

  • ANC 5E also meets at 7:00 p.m. 1400 1st St. NW.

  • ANC 3F meets at 7:30 p.m. 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

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