Gov. Hogan, Senate President Ferguson & Speaker Jones announce bipartisan COVID-19 relief plan

COVID-19 updates
$1.1 billion will go toward replenishing the state's unemployment insurance trust fund, keeping it solvent and stabilizing unemployment insurance rates for at least the next two calendar years.
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Maryland Reporter: Ferguson blasts pace of Maryland’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan

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Senate Minority Whip Michael Hough (R-Frederick and Carroll) defended the administration’s vaccine rollout plan, saying supply is the main problem and that he expects that to improve once vaccines are made more readily available at local pharmacies throughout the state.
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GBC Legislative Forum features discussions on COVID-19 vaccine rollout, state budget, racial equity and more

Legislative Forum 2021
"There are very few times when there is one issue that dominates everything else…When and where can people get vaccinated? That is the single most important thing in state government right now."--Senate President Bill Ferguson
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BBJ: Md’s General Assembly convenes for legislative session unlike any other

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Organizations like the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Maryland Free Enterprise Foundation face more pressure than ever to advocate successfully for the business community.
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Baltimore Fishbowl: Pimlico makeover repositions racetrack as events venue, community hub

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Advocates for Pimlico’s overhaul spoke about the property’s future during a Newsmaker Speaker Series talk conducted online and sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Committee: “A Win for Baltimore: The Renovation of Pimlico and Preserving the Preakness.”
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BBJ: Pimlico redevelopment leaders confident that project will move ahead despite Covid-19

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In an August 26 webinar hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee, Senate President Bill Ferguson said he's less anxious about the Pimlico's prospects than he was earlier this spring.
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A big win for Baltimore: Pimlico and Preakness

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Topics covered included the redevelopment of Pimlico Race Course, legislation introduced in the 2019 General Assembly legislative session, support and opposition to the proposed bill, negotiating a win for Baltimore City and the renovation of Pimlico and preserving the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.
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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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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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BBJ: Sen. Brian Feldman sponsoring bill to create Maryland’s tax code review panel; GBC to sit on proposed committee

By Holden Wilen  Jan 22, 2020 Senate President Bill Ferguson defended a controversial proposal to implement a digital advertising tax while again advocating that Maryland needs to do a comprehensive overhaul of its tax code. Ferguson, a Democrat from Baltimore City, has talked about the need for tax reform several times during the...
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