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...
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The Daily Record: A two-pronged approach to fighting violent crime

Editor’s note: The following article appeared on thedailyrecord.com on March 22, 2019. Governor Larry Hogan took state legislators to the woodshed earlier this week, partly to call them out for not passing crime and public safety legislation that he has backed during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session. The governor was particularly ruffled that legislation that would have toughened penalties for repeat violent offenders has not advanced and a proposal … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Harrison’s confirmation portends bright future

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on March 12, 2019. Listen to the commentary. The Baltimore City Council is set to confirm Michael Harrison as Baltimore’s police commissioner. With his confirmation, Baltimore seems poised to enter a new era when it comes to crime, the reputation of the police department and the city itself. What might that new era look like? For one, a city with a reduced homicide and violent … Continue reading

Don’t let the Preakness leave Baltimore

There’s a better plan to invest in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes belongs in Baltimore – where it has been run for 146 years. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh describes it as Baltimore’s “annual Super Bowl,” with an economic impact in the tens of millions, each year, for city businesses. For one day, every May, the nation’s attention focuses on a celebration of and in Baltimore. But the Preakness is at risk. Join … Continue reading

The Daily Record: The midsession business report from Annapolis

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on February 21, 2019. It is the midway point for the annual 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, and with that milestone a number of pressing business and employment related issues have emerged as topics of spirited discussion among state legislators. Here is a look at the status of pending legislative proposals as we head into the home stretch of this … Continue reading

GBC’s Newsmaker Breakfast: Baltimore’s CitiWatch Surveillance Camera Program rescheduled for February 28

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Newsmaker Breakfast: Baltimore’s CitiWatch Surveillance Camera Program – Its Role in Law Enforcement has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019. Baltimore’s CitiWatch surveillance camera program consists of 1,000 cameras throughout Baltimore City, with nearly 100 in the downtown area, and has been instrumental in aiding the Baltimore Police Department in solving crimes and arresting the perpetrators in an effort to make Baltimore safer. Join the Greater … Continue reading

GBC’s Breakfast Briefing: What the Affordable Care Act Means for You rescheduled for April 15

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s Breakfast Briefing: What the Affordable Care Act Means for You, scheduled for February 11, 2019, has been rescheduled for April 15, 2019. Join a panel of insurance industry experts for a discussion about recent developments in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what they mean to businesses of all sizes. Topics that will be discussed include actions of the Trump Administration concerning association health plans and … Continue reading

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

WBAL News Radio 1090: Legislative proposals to fight violent crime

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on February 6, 2019. Listen to the commentary. Governor Larry Hogan has called on the Maryland General Assembly to enact two new legislative proposals to address violent crime. Both proposals have merit and should be strongly supported by state legislators and private-sector leaders. The first is the Judicial Transparency Act of 2019. It would require that an annual report be published each year detailing the … Continue reading

Limited additional tickets available for GBC’s February 25 Newsmaker Breakfast with Baltimore Police Department Acting Commissioner Michael Harrison

Due to tremendous demand for tickets to the GBC’s February 25 Newsmaker Breakfast with Baltimore Police Department Acting Commissioner Michael Harrison, limited additional tickets are now available for this members-only event. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced the appointment of Michael Harrison as Acting Police Commissioner, effective February 11, 2019. Join business leaders to hear Acting Police Commissioner Harrison discuss his experiences and plans for the Baltimore Police Department. Michael Harrison was appointed Superintendent … Continue reading