Proposal to raise minimum wage in Maryland supported with conditions by the Greater Baltimore Committee

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) expressed its support of a proposal pending in the Maryland General Assembly to raise the state minimum wage to $15-per-hour contingent on the inclusion of several key amendments. “The GBC has always maintained that any effort to change the minimum wage should be done on...
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Read Don Fry’s testimony to the Baltimore County Council on Tradepoint Atlantic

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry submitted testimony to the Baltimore County Council on December 11, 2018 in support of the proposed agreement between Baltimore County, Maryland and Tradepoint Atlantic, LLC (TPA). The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) is in support of the proposed agreement between Baltimore County, Maryland and Tradepoint Atlantic, LLC (TPA). This innovative agreement allows Baltimore County to benefit from development at the TPA Sparrows … Continue reading

Read GBC’s Position Statement: Baltimore City Council Bill – Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry submitted a position statement on October 17, 2018 to the Baltimore City Council for Council Bill 18-0276 – Lactation Accommodations in the Workplace. POSITION: Support w/Amendments On March 23, 2010, the Break Time for Nursing Mothers provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act became effective with the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Under this provision, employers with 50 or more … Continue reading

Read Don Fry’s testimony on Baltimore City Council Bill 18-0221 – Recordation and Transfer Taxes – Surtax – Dedicating Surtax Proceeds to Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry has submitted testimony to the Baltimore City Council for Council Bill 18-0221 – Recordation and Transfer Taxes – Surtax – Dedicating Surtax Proceeds to Affordable Housing Trust Fund. “Council Bill 18-0221 is meant to address the mistake of two years ago by providing dedicated funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. This funding source will not only allow for the construction … Continue reading

Statement from GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry on the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

What follows is a statement from Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry on the sudden passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kametez on May 10, 2018. “The Greater Baltimore Committee expresses its deepest condolences on the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz,” said Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry. “He was a steadfast supporter of business and a great regional partner. The Greater Baltimore Committee enjoyed his … Continue reading

Statement from GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry on Amazon briefing on HQ2

What follows is a statement from Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry, responding to Amazon briefing Baltimore officials on its HQ2 bid. “It’s clear that Amazon was impressed with Baltimore’s proposal and the many positive assets of high value in the city,” said Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry. “The GBC and leaders throughout the city will continue to highlight and promote these strengths … Continue reading

Greater Baltimore Committee reaction to Baltimore Mayor Pugh’s decision to remove Police Commissioner Davis in favor of new leadership

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry, responding to Mayor Pugh’s decision to make a change at the top level of the Baltimore Police Department said: “The Greater Baltimore Committee agrees with Mayor Catherine Pugh that public safety, reducing violent crime and homicides, and restoring trust between the neighborhoods and Baltimore Police Department must be the city’s top priority. The most basic responsibility of government is to provide … Continue reading

Statement from Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on Baltimore not making list of 20 finalists for Amazon HQ2

What follows is a statement from Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry on Baltimore not making list of 20 finalists for Amazon HQ2. “The Greater Baltimore Committee and the entire business community are very disappointed that Baltimore was not selected for Amazon’s list of 20 finalists for a new second headquarters. Baltimore put together a very strong and competitive package that included an unparalleled location in Port … Continue reading

GBC statement on the Baltimore City Council vote approving illegal handgun legislation

Media Contacts: Mark Guidera, 410-727-2820 or 443-898-2320 (cell), or markg@gbc.org For RELEASE:  September 11, 2017 Statement from the Greater Baltimore Committee on the Baltimore City Council Vote Approving Illegal Handgun Legislation Below is a statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the vote today by the Baltimore City Council to approve legislation to strengthen penalties for illegal handgun possession. “The City Council’s passage … Continue reading

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 as a tool for police and prosecutors to get illegal guns off the streets. If passed, this bill would ensure that … Continue reading