Don Fry Commentary: New General Assembly leadership shone in first year

Talk about trial by fire. The presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones, had their plates full during this year’s legislative session even before the outbreak of COVID-19.
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GBC’s 2020 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session Summary

Every year, prior to the start of the legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly, the GBC releases its Legislative Priorities, which are based on several core policy priority areas. Here is the end of session summary.
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BBJ: ‘This session has been stressing me out’: Md.’s General Assembly adjourns with mixed results for businesses

The General Assembly adjourned March 18, bringing to an end a legislative session that saw the passage of a sweeping public education reform bill but also new taxes that will affect businesses across the state.
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The Baltimore Sun: Expanding state sales tax to pay for school improvements would ‘destroy our economy,’ Maryland Gov. Hogan says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vowed Feb. 20 to oppose a proposed change in the sales tax that would reduce the rate but expand who pays it by charging it on an array of services from landscaping to lawyers.
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BBJ: GBC’s Fry calls on Maryland General Assembly to OK $375M Pimlico deal

Editor’s note: The following op-ed appeared on the Baltimore Business Journal’s website on Feb. 5, 2020. By Donald C. Fry For more than 140 years, Baltimore has proudly hosted the annual Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the esteemed Triple Crown, at the historic Pimlico Race Track. As business and...
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GBC weighs in on legislation as 2020 General Assembly Session starts

The GBC is already extremely active in the 2020 session of Maryland General Assembly, which kicked off January 8. Legislation the GBC has weighed in on includes proposals to tax digital advertising revenue, creation of a tax reform commission and measures to require corporations use a method of tax accounting...
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Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland must ensure Preakness stays in Baltimore, Senate minority leader says

By Holden Wilen   Jan. 27, 2020  Making sure the Preakness Stakes stays in Baltimore must be one of the top goals for the General Assembly this year, Sen. J.B. Jennings told a group of regional business leaders on Jan. 27. Jennings, a Republican who represents Harford and Baltimore counties, has spoken...
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Sen. Zirkin discusses legislative priorities for 2020 at GBC meeting

Senator Bobby Zirkin
On September 4, the GBC’s Public Safety Committee and the Coalition for a Second Chance welcomed Senator Robert A. “Bobby” Zirkin, Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, to a special joint meeting to discuss legislative priorities for the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Zirkin provided highlights...
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