Bipartisan support for Md. businesses on full display at Chamber event

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Bipartisan support for Maryland’s business community was on full display Wednesday in Annapolis at a conference hosted by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce where lawmakers and members of the Hogan administration touted plans to make the state more business-friendly. Sens. Christopher West, R-Baltimore County, and Brian Feldman, D-Montgomery, are both members of  the Senate “Small Business Jobs Working Group.” The General Assembly established the 12-member panel last year. West said he will introduce legislation that would establish a two-year workgroup consisting of public and private entities to study changes in Maryland’s economy.

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