Support for Northrup Grumman DC Headquarters Waning
Support for tax incentives to lure Northrop Grumman headquarters to Washington appears to be waning, while Virginia continues to pursue the company.
The defense and communications systems giant, now headquartered in Los Angeles, has said it might move to the Virginia-Maryland-DC area, with the right incentives. Yesterday, though, the Washington Post said a tentative 25 million dollar tax incentive package was drawing fire from several District Council members, particularly in view of the tough economic times.
DC is in direct competition with Virginia, and Governor McDonnell has sent legislation to both houses to boost development dollars that could be used for that purpose.
In a non-related, or possibly related issue, the state is also negotiating with the company over a current, 10-year, multi-billion dollar contract with deadline and performance issues, which, nonetheless, the company wants another 37 million per year to complete.
The contract squabble could be wrapped up by the end of the month, about the same time, the company says, it will have a final site decision.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News.