Read what they’re saying about the GBC’s 2016 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum

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Read what Baltimore’s media outlets are saying about the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2016 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Forum on February 8, which drew more than 300 business leaders to the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.

The event featured the following panelists: Delegate Tawanna Gaines, Vice Chair, Committee on Appropriations, and Chair, Transportation and the Environment Subcommittee; Senator J.B. Jennings, Minority Leader, Senate of Maryland; and Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr., Vice Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee.

Jeff Salkin of Maryland Public Television served as the moderator.

Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, said the organization’s top priority during the 2016 legislative session is the creation of an Angel Investor Tax Credit.

“The business community and government leaders must partner together to achieve positive outcomes and to ensure our state is a premier location for job creation and economic growth,” Fry said. “Business competitiveness remains the top GBC priority.”

During the forum a myriad of topics were discussed, from Governor Larry Hogan’s budget surplus to paid sick leave.

“The next two weeks are really going to be telling,” said Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, who urges the business community to be vocal during the 90-day legislative session.

State lawmakers want to hear from constituents – which includes the business community – via email, phone calls and in-person visits, Delegate Gaines said.

“The things you brought up today are the things we discuss,” she said. “But without your input, many of us will make a decision uninformed.”

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Baltimore Business Journal

Maryland legislators on business issues: The next two weeks are going to be telling

The Baltimore Sun

Questions on paid sick leave at GBC legislative breakfast

View photos from the event here.

View the GBC’s 2016 Legislative Priorities here.

Watch video of Don Fry’s remarks, the panel discussion and the Q&A session.

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