State Center, Phase 1

The $127 Million Taxpayer Handout

This paper examines the primary taxpayer subsidies for the initial phase of Baltimore City’s State Center, a project proposed to replace the current state facilities in mid-town Baltimore bordering Preston Street. Led by a public-private partnership, the project envisions a mixed-use complex containing state and private office space, retail and dining space, mixed-income housing, and a parking garage. The project has attracted significant attention as well as litigation due to its scope and expense. Lost in the debate, however, is a careful accounting of the project’s potential cost to the public. In what follows, we estimate and report this cost.

Suggested Citation: “State Center, Phase I: The $127 Million Taxpayer Handout.” Maryland Public Policy Institute and Maryland Tax Education Foundation. July 2011.


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