GBC priorities for 2008 legislative session

Repealing the recently-enacted sales tax on computer services, strengthening incentives for business investment, and protecting state funding for roads, transit, port and airport resources will be among the Greater Baltimore Committee’s top priorities as lawmakers convene on January 9 for the 2008 Maryland General Assembly session. GBC president and...

Baltimore region retains top rank for research and development, according to ‘State of the Region’ data issued by the Greater Baltimore Committee

The Baltimore region maintained its first place ranking for academic research and development investment among 20 U.S. regions studied for the 2007 State of the Region report, according to data released Jan. 2 by the Greater Baltimore Committee. The report, compiled this year by the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, assisted by the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute, ranks Greater Baltimore and 19 key competing regions … Continue reading

GBC’s Donald Fry praises Mayor Dixon’s support for building the Red Line

Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry praised Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon for including construction of the east-west rapid transit Red Line among six top priorities she cited in her inauguration speech. “Mayor Dixon’s strong support for getting the Red Line built is a step forward for this project, which the GBC considers a key to developing a comprehensive, improved regional transit system,” said Fry. “She clearly recognizes … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: The Baltimore region�s 2007 business climate report card

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR The Greater Baltimore Committee, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and the University of Baltimore, have just finished compiling a “report card” on the region’s business climate. The 2007 State of the Region report ranks the Baltimore region and 19 competing U.S. regions on more than 100 key benchmarks that relate to business climate and quality of life. We’ve been compiling these reports every two years since … Continue reading

GBC supports targeted corporate income tax hike; opposes combined reporting, urges half of deficit to be made up through savings

Emphasizing that its top priority is increasing revenue to Maryland’s Transportation Trust Fund, the Greater Baltimore Committee has issued policy positions on other elements of Governor Martin O’Malley’s fiscal plan now before the special session of the Maryland General Assembly. The GBC supports most of the governor’s proposals to increase transportation revenue by almost $400 million. But it is opposing enactment of a “combined reporting” requirement for corporate taxes, which … Continue reading

Traffic congestion costs Baltimore-DC region $3 billion per year, says new study for GBC

Roadway congestion in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region costs Maryland more than $3 billion per year — $1 billion in the Baltimore area and more than $2 billion in the D.C. area, according to findings of a Texas Transportation Institute study for Maryland’s three largest business advocacy organizations. The cost of congestion in Maryland has increased almost 1,200 percent since 1982. The volume of the state’s rush-hour traffic has increased 135 … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee airs TV ad campaign for increased transportation funding

The Greater Baltimore Committee has launched a month-long television advertorial campaign on Comcast to alert Marylanders to the need to increase funding for new highways, transit, port and airport facilities by at least $600 million per year. GBC ads began airing on October 12 and will run through November 7 on eight networks that are broadcast to Comcast customers. The campaign airs as Maryland lawmakers prepare for a special General … Continue reading

Fry to O’Malley and lawmakers: ‘Make transportation a priority’

Greater Baltimore Committee president and CEO Donald C. Fry called on Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland lawmakers to make transportation funding a top fiscal priority in the next General Assembly session, whenever it is held. Writing in his Oct. 2 edition of the GBC’s State House Update to its members, Fry expressed concern that Governor O’Malley’s proposed fiscal plan does not fully fund revenue increases needed for Maryland’s Transportation Trust … Continue reading

MDOT’s Minnitte describes approach to increased demand on transportation

Maryland’s transportation system has become bigger, older, and more expensive to maintain while the need for more highways, transit, port and airport resources has increased, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) planning director Samuel Minnette, Jr. told GBC members on September 19. In the last 15 years, vehicle miles of travel have increased 31 percent, while Maryland’s highway capacity has increased only 3 percent, Minnette said, speaking to the GBC’s Built … Continue reading

GBC’s Fry: Transportation needs to be elevated as a priority

Don Fry Commentary on WYPR Why are the Greater Baltimore Committee and other business leaders calling for a 10-cent increase in Maryland’s gas tax? The answer boils down to two things – priorities and timing. First, Governor O’Malley’s fiscal plan confirms my fear that the full gravity of Maryland’s need to increase funding for new highways, transit, port and airport facilities has been lost in the rush to close the … Continue reading