Baltimore Business Journal: Proposed federal budget threatens economic growth

Editor’s note: This commentary appeared on www.bizjournals.com 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

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

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com 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

The Daily Record: Time to eliminate cash bail in Maryland

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on February 16, 2017. A landmark decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals that directs court commissioners and district court judges to consider imposing conditions other than cash bail to ensure defendants appear for trial made front page news earlier this month. Meanwhile, two bills introduced just days later in the Maryland General Assembly, which would put the force of law behind … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal: Let the state control the minimum wage in all of Maryland

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on www.bizjournals.com on February 6, 2017. Delegate Dereck E. Davis, Chair of the Economic Matters Committee in the Maryland General Assembly, recently introduced legislation that would give the state sole domain over setting the minimum wage and benefits. This idea has a lot of merit and is widely supported by the business community in Greater Baltimore and statewide. The business community has widely held … Continue reading

The Daily Record: The session’s top business priorities

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on January 20, 2017. When the Maryland General Assembly wrapped up its 2016 session last April, there was a consensus throughout the business community that legislators on both sides of the aisle were being more open and receptive to proposals to strengthen Maryland’s competitive edge as a place to do business. Gov. Larry Hogan’s efforts to promote Maryland as a great place for … Continue reading

Baltimore Business Journal: Don Fry: 2017 will bring change for Baltimore business

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on bizjournals.com on January 4, 2017. Looking into the proverbial crystal ball is always risky business especially in the changing world of politics, but it’s safe to say that 2017 appears to be shaping up as a busy and interesting year on a number of business and economic fronts for Greater Baltimore and Maryland. At this time of year, eyes turn to Annapolis and … Continue reading

The Daily Record: What we can learn from the Port Covington deal and TIFs

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.org on September 22, 2016. With the Baltimore City Council’s approval of the public financing package for the proposed Port Covington project, Sagamore Development Co. can move forward with final permitting approvals and activating the engineers, bulldozers and construction crews. There is still an incredible amount of work to be completed before the project begins to take shape. It will require a lot of … Continue reading

The Daily Record: A turning point for transformative change?

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on TheDailyRecord.com on August 18, 2016. If for some reason you missed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Justice’s report from a 15-month investigation of the Baltimore Police Department, it can be summed up this way: The findings are damning and, in more than a few respects, appalling. As chapter and verse of the report makes abundantly clear, systemic patterns of excessive … Continue reading