GBC’s 2018 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session Policy Snapshot

The 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded at midnight on Monday, April 9. 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 2018 Legislative Priorities, please check out our end...

State House Update: Primary election sees some unexpected upsets

After a primary election with one of the lowest voter turnouts in recent history, the field is set for the 2014 general election. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown soundly won the Democratic nomination for Governor, winning 20 of 24 jurisdictions, while businessman Larry Hogan won the Republican nomination. The two will square off in the general election on November 4, 2014. In one of the more high-profile races of the primary, … Continue reading

State House Update: GBC’s 2014 Sine Die Report

In the years following the recession, Maryland has fared better than many states. Today, the state’s median household income remains the highest in the country; the unemployment rate is lower than two-thirds of the nation, and nearly 135,000 jobs have been recovered since the Mid-Atlantic region hit rock bottom in February 2010. However, as outlined in the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2013 report, “A Compact for Competitiveness,” in order for Maryland … Continue reading

State House Update: As Sine Die nears, major issues still on the table

STATE HOUSE UPDATE As the General Assembly moves closer to the final day of the 2014 Legislative Session a few key issues remain unresolved, chief among them the state’s Operating Budget. While both the House and the Senate have passed the state’s $39 billion budget plan, neither has yet passed the other chambers’ version – a mandatory step before the legislation becomes law. A conference committee has been established to … Continue reading

State House Update: Economic development initiatives could be important tools for job growth

Earlier this year, the Pew Charitable Trustspublished a report predicting job creation trends for 2014. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, Pew created an interactive map showing both the anticipated number of jobs that will be created in each state and the percentage of job growth. Of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Maryland ranked 29th highest with a projected increase of more than 40,000 jobs this year and a job growth … Continue reading

New commission to frame state’s business development agenda

Three GBC members will serve on a commission created by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., and House Speaker Michael E. Busch to study the state’s economic development structure and incentive programs. The two legislative leaders last week announced members of the private-sector-driven commission, a major element of their joint legislative business and economic development agenda, which was announced in January. Many of the objectives of the joint legislative … Continue reading