One Amazon HQ2 contender is banking on brains trumping tax break brawn. Some regions on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist have passed multibillion-dollar incentive plans to woo the Seattle-based company. But an economic development bill passed by the Massachusetts General Court before the conclusion of its 2018 legislative session did not include Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed provision for an additional $20M in annual tax credits for companies planning “extraordinary” job-creating opportunities. While the governor has maintained he would push for special legislation pertaining to economic incentives relating to HQ2 should Boston win, the inability to get approval for an additional $20M to a statewide economic development bill could signal Massachusetts isn’t likely to give the company the lucrative fiscal package it has indicated it desires. Local developers aren’t exactly panicking. Read entire article.