WBAL News Radio 1090: 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on June 5, 2018. Listen to the commentary. A recently released report by the Greater Baltimore Committee and Baltimore Metropolitan Council provides a captivating snapshot of the Baltimore region today compared to 20 years ago. The 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report found that the region is more ethnically diverse, better educated and wealthier than in 1998. Here are just a few findings … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A look at today’s Greater Baltimore region

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on May 18, 2018. Construction cranes are prevalent throughout the Baltimore region these days — from downtown Baltimore to Towson, Columbia and beyond — and to many they are the most visible sign of changes afoot in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties. But the recently released 2018 Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report makes clear that other changes have occurred during the … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Good news in Baltimore’s war against crime

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on March 15, 2018. There is good news worth noting in the fight against violent crime in Baltimore City. The number of homicides and non-fatal shootings have been trending downward over the past four months. It’s too early to identify the specific factors that have brought about this welcome trend. However, to their credit, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and law enforcement officials have been … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: State of Baltimore’s transit system

Editor’s note: The following commentary was recorded at WBAL News Radio 1090 on February 26, 2018. Listen to the commentary. Baltimore got a rude awakening regarding the dire condition of its Metro system when the MTA abruptly shut it down because portions of the track are unsafe. The Metro will remain closed for repairs until mid-March. It’s unconscionable that this critical link in Baltimore’s mass transit network was allowed to fall … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Hogan’s plan to fight Baltimore violence deserves support

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on February 15, 2018. Baltimore has experienced some good news of late in the fight against violent crime. No homicides were reported for 12 days, the longest streak since 2015, according to news reports. Mayor Catherine Pugh attributes the public safety initiatives that she has implemented to this welcome break in tragic killings. Others have said that it is not entirely clear … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Restoring trust in the federal legislative process

Editors note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on December 28, 2017. As I read a recent article on the tax bill approved by the U.S. Congress, one line in particular caught my attention. “Drilling would be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.” The bill’s other provisions are related to taxes, deductions, exemptions and credits. But the drilling provision, on its face, has nothing to do with a taxation bill. Such unrelated amendments, or … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Baltimore and Amazon – The Perfect Pair

Editor’s note: The following commentary was recorded at WBAL News Radio 1090 on October 27, 2017. Listen to the commentary. Fifty-thousand employees, 8 million square feet of office space, thousands of highly paid well-educated residents relocating to the community – that is what Baltimore and 237 other jurisdictions are competing for in the economic development sweepstakes called Amazon HQ2. Naysayers scoff at the thought of Baltimore as a serious contender. But no … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal: Could Maryland weather the tax cuts proposed by Washington?

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on bizjournals.com on October 17, 2017. Mention tax policy and most people roll their eyes or scowl. But if you care about how much money you earn from a hard day’s work and have available for spending and savings it might behoove you to pay close attention to the contentious discussions unfolding in the White House and halls of Congress regarding taxes. Details are a … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Pass a tougher illegal handgun law in city

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on July 20, 2017. There’s been a flurry of recent activity from Baltimore’s elected officials and citizens launching initiatives aimed at helping to stem the shootings and killings that have literally spiraled out of control. Not all of these efforts will be adopted, but they are an indication that not only has the frustration level peaked but that solutions to address this daunting issue are … Continue reading

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