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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Maryland Now Embracing the Business Community, What's Up With That?

All of a sudden, Governor O'Malley is reaching out to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, of which I am a board member, to make Maryland more business friendly.  Well, it's about time.  Maryland has slipped to one of the most business unfriendly states in the country under Governor O'Malley due to high taxes and excessive regulations.  So under the "what's up" category, we just learned that yet another company has decided to move 625 jobs out of Maryland to one of the most business friendly States in the US, Virginia.  The Bechtel move comes after Governor O'Malley reached out to Bechtel to keep 1250 jobs in Frederick, Maryland, and was successful ,which is a good thing, but it wasn't enough to keep Bechtel's Global Operations Headquarters here.  Hopefully, the Governor finally gets it that creating and keeping private sector jobs in Maryland is critical to our future and that we can't exist off of our close proximity to DC and federal government jobs exclusively.

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