Transition report presented to Gov. O’Malley; Fry, GBC members play key roles

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A 1,000-page report containing hundreds of recommendations was presented today to Governor Martin O’Malley by Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and members of the O’Malley/Brown transition team.

GBC president Donald C. Fry and GBC members Ron Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System, and Joseph Haskins, Jr., chairman & CEO of Harbor Bank; were among the speakers during the presentation ceremony at the State House.

Fry co-chaired the transportation workgroup. Peterson co-chaired the health and mental hygiene workgroup and Haskins co-chaired the business and economic development workgroup.

Altogether, seven GBC-member executives and Fry served in leadership positions on the transition team, which ultimately involved more than 1,000 volunteers working on 21 workgroups.

Fry called transportation a “top priority” for Maryland and said that transportation funding will be among the state’s most significant economic development issues during the next decade. Transportation funding is in need of an “inflation-sensitive” revenue mechanism, he said.

Haskins said the transition report on the Department of Business and Economic Development found that there “wasn’t a clear strategic plan” at the agency. The team sees a need for restructuring and for more adequate funding of business financing programs, he said.

Peterson reported that more than 130 people volunteered to work on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene transition report. The report’s priorities include developing a comprehensive plan for covering the uninsured, and evaluating the adequacy of Medicaid provider rates and implementing necessary rate increases.

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