The Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2017 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum on January 23, 2017 drew more than 300 business leaders to the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.
The annual event featured the following panelists: Delegate Dereck E. Davis, Chair, Economic Matters Committee, Maryland House of Delegates; Senator J. B. Jennings, Minority Leader, Senate of Maryland; Delegate Nicholaus Kipke, Minority Leader, Maryland House of Delegates; Senator Richard Madaleno, Vice Chair, Budget and Taxation, Senate of Maryland; Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr., Senior Advisor, Office of the Governor.
Jeff Salkin of Maryland Public Television served as the moderator.
Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said during his remarks the organization’s top priorities for the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly include: building and strengthening the workforce; promoting innovation and entrepreneurship; advocating for growth-oriented transportation policies; ensuring public safety to protect business interests and employees; promoting tourism as an economic development driver; and building a competitive, predictable and fair tax system.
“The 2017 session of the legislature is 12 days old and battlegrounds are beginning to form on a number of key issues,” Fry said.
Those issues include earned sick leave, repeal of a transportation ranking system and Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.
During the forum a myriad of topics were discussed, from Governor Hogan’s recently released budget proposal to the paid sick leave debate which has resumed in Annapolis.
View photos from the event here.
View the GBC’s 2017 Legislative Priorities here.
Read the Baltimore Business Journal’s article about the event here.
Event Sponsors: Corporate Sponsor: BB&T; Ambassador Sponsors: Baltimore Development Corporation and Comcast NBC Universal; Signature Sponsors: AT&T, BGE, MedStar Health and Merritt Properties, LLC; Program Sponsor: PNC; Patron Sponsors: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Community College of Baltimore County, The Daily Record and McCormick & Company, Inc.