Statement from GBC President and CEO Don Fry on the passing of House Speaker Michael Busch

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry offered his thoughts on House Speaker Michael Busch. “He was respectful of legislators and advocates with divergent political philosophies and always made them feel that they had a fair chance to express their views,” Fry said. “He was always mindful of...
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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 the federal or state level, not the county or city level,” said Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore … 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 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

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 “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

Greater Baltimore Committee Encouraged by Baltimore City Council Show of Support for Port Covington

Below is a statement by Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, on the Baltimore City Council’s vote today to advance legislation that will pave the way for the proposed $5.5 billion Port Covington project by Sagamore Development Co. “The Greater Baltimore Committee is encouraged by the City Council’s show of support for the Port Covington project. This represents the most significant economic growth initiative in decades and holds … Continue reading