Professor Gibson, Speaker Jones discuss legislative efforts to address racial equity, social justice

Larry Gibson and Adrienne Jones
Topics discussed included the role African Americans have played in government and legislative efforts to address racial equity and social justice.
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BBJ: Baltimore officials cut ties with controversial surveillance plane operator

“The Greater Baltimore Committee continues to advocate and urge the Mayor and the Baltimore Police Department to use every tool and resource available to break the cycle of violent crime in the City of Baltimore.”
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Greater Baltimore Committee mourns passing of Senator Paul Sarbanes, a champion for Baltimore and Maryland

“Many of his accomplishments while serving in office are relevant and resonate today, such as his efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay, protecting investors and ensuring low-income residents have fair access to housing.”
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BBJ: Harborplace tenants threatened with eviction if they don’t pay back rent

GBC President and CEO Don Fry said that he became frustrated with Harborplace's struggles recently because "there seems to be very little public comment from city officials about the status of the receivership or plans for the near future."
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Baltimore Sun: Uncertainty from coronavirus, presidential election could dampen Maryland economy for months

Economic Outlook Conference 2020
While the stock market might point to the re-election of President Donald Trump, other economic indicators, including disposable income and monthly payrolls, point to former Vice President Joe Biden.
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The Baltimore Sun: MTA cancels proposal to slash bus service in Baltimore after heavy criticism; will cut MARC, commuter bus service instead

Bus on the move
“This action reflects an egregious pattern of disinvestment in underserved communities in the Baltimore region where Black and Brown residents are reliant on already insufficient transit service,” said Don Fry, president and CEO of the pro-business group.
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Baltimore Sun: Former Baltimore mayors oppose government restructuring proposals introduced by the likely next mayor

Former mayors Kurt Schmoke, Martin O’Malley, Sheila Dixon and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined the Greater Baltimore Committee for a virtual panel to discuss what they learned during their tenures.
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BBJ: Former Baltimore mayors bemoan city having ‘more will than wallet’

The event focused on reflections of former mayors Dixon, Schmoke, Martin O'Malley and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as the city prepares to change leadership. 
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Baltimore Brew: Bills would put laid-off Baltimore hospitality workers first in line to get jobs back

Bill 20-0544 would require employers to bring back workers they laid off because of the pandemic as their businesses recover.
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