Read Don Fry’s testimony supporting legislation to strengthen penalties for illegal handgun possession

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry submitted testimony July 25 to the Baltimore City Council in support of Council Bill 17-0111 – Weapons – Prohibiting Handguns Near Places of Public Assembly. Fry urges the council to support the proposed legislation. “This bill is intended to serve...
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Statement from the Greater Baltimore Committee on proposed illegal handgun legislation in Baltimore City

Below is a statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the announcement today by Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young that legislation will be introduced Monday to strengthen penalties for illegal handgun possession in city limits as a new measure to prevent crime. “The Greater Baltimore Committee supports the proposal to strengthen penalties for illegal handgun … Continue reading

Statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, regarding FOP Lodge 3 request to meet and discuss crime situation in Baltimore City

Below is the statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, regarding the request by Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 to meet and discuss the crime situation in Baltimore City: “The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Task Force on Public Safety has met with senior FOP officials to discuss the public safety crisis in Baltimore. We are more than happy to continue our discussions … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee urges Baltimore City Council to support police budget needs to protect public safety and fight crime

The Greater Baltimore Committee has sent a letter to Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and members of the City Council urging that they oppose proposed cuts to the Baltimore City Police budget and ensure police are adequately funded to do their jobs effectively at a time when the city is in the midst of a public safety crisis. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has proposed the need for … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee statement on Baltimore Mayor’s veto of minimum wage bill

Below is the statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the decision today by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to veto legislation that would have established a minimum wage of $15 per hour in the city. “The Greater Baltimore Committee applauds Mayor Pugh’s decision to veto this legislation, which would have threatened jobs, made Baltimore an island surrounded by counties with lower business costs … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s statement on the Baltimore City Council’s vote on minimum wage

Below is the statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the decision today by the Baltimore City Council to pass legislation that will raise the minimum wage to $15-per-hour in the city. “The Greater Baltimore Committee is very disappointed in the City Council’s decision to increase the minimum wage despite the concerns expressed by the business community, cultural institutions, nonprofit organizations, and city … Continue reading

GBC Testimony Presented to the Baltimore City Council on Proposal to Increase Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry testified before the Baltimore City Council’s Labor and Employment Committee on March 1, 2017 at a hearing about the $15 per hour minimum wage legislation which was introduced last year by Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke and other members of the City Council. What follows is Don Fry’s testimony: Chairwoman Sneed and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to speak … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s Statement on Proposed Legislation to Increase the Minimum Wage in Baltimore City

The Greater Baltimore Committee has serious concerns about proposed legislation by the Baltimore City Council that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, noting that the bill could have a wide range of negative economic consequences for the city. Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour would result in Baltimore City being an “island” surrounded … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s “Call to Action” Report Outlines Recommendations to Remove Barriers and Expand Job Opportunities for Ex-Offenders

A new report by the Greater Baltimore Committee outlines specific initiatives that public and private sector employers and elected leaders can take to remove barriers to employment and expand job opportunities for men and women returning to society after incarceration. A key benefit to expanding job opportunities for these returning citizens: Prevent them from falling back into crime, a long-standing issue for Baltimore. As noted in the GBC report, Opening Doors … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2016 Economic Outlook Conference to Focus on Industries of the Future and Post-Election Economy

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2016 Economic Outlook Conference on October 17 will focus on preparing for the future economy locally and nationally, as well as the potential effect the November elections may have on the economy. Who: Alec Ross, a technology policy expert, former Senior Adviser for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and author of The New York Times bestseller The Industries of the Future, will discuss the effect breakthrough research and innovations may have on … Continue reading

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