GBC’s 2017 Maryland General Assembly legislative session policy report card

The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded at midnight on Monday, April 10. Many impactful bills were passed during the 90-day session that will have ramifications, both positive and negative, for the Greater Baltimore region. Based on the GBC’s 2017 Legislative Priorities, please check out our end of session recap. Click here to read the GBC’s wrap up of the 2017 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly.

Baltimore Business Journal: Proposed federal budget threatens economic growth

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared on on March 28, 2017. It has taken Baltimore City and Maryland longer to recover from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 than much of the nation, but jobs and economic growth are looking bright again. Employment in much of the state has bounced back, housing sales in Greater Baltimore for 2016 were strong and business investment in new projects or expansion is … 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’s Don Fry named to YouthWorks Leadership Circle to support summer jobs for youths

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh was joined March 20 by leaders from Baltimore City’s business and philanthropic communities to announce the formation of the YouthWorks Leadership Circle. This group, comprised of local stakeholders committed to the importance of youth employment, will help promote the need for donations and the identification of work sites to support Baltimore’s 2017 summer jobs program. “Half the workforce will be Millennials by 2020 and it is … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A strategic investment to grow manufacturing jobs in Maryland

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on on March 16, 2017. There’s a lot of merit to the proposed legislation submitted by Governor Larry Hogan and making its way through the Maryland General Assembly that would provide tax incentives to businesses that increase manufacturing jobs in economically distressed jurisdictions. A similar proposal died last year in the General Assembly. But the Hogan administration spent some time since examining the … Continue reading

McDaniel College President highlights Generational Differences in the Workplace at GBC Breakfast Briefing

McDaniel College President Dr. Roger N. Casey spoke about “From Boom to Z: Your Guide to Generational Differences in the Workplace” at the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Breakfast Briefing on March 9. More than 60 GBC members and non-members heard from President Casey, who offered insights into generations from Baby Boomers to Generation Z and how they interact with one another in the workplace. View President Casey’s PowerPoint presentation here. View photos … Continue reading

GBC testifies against proposed $15 per hour minimum wage legislation

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

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