Moore embraces business, but drives up costs as well

Moore embraces business, but drives up costs as well

Gov. Wes Moore speaks to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Feb. 28. Governor's Office photo by Joe Andrucyk

This is an updated version of a column that appears in the April issue of The Business Monthly serving Howard and Anne Arundel counties. Corrected 4/4/, 4 p.m.

Everybody, even progressive Democrats, loves a growing business community. It means more jobs, more income, more taxes.

When the new governor and comptroller spoke to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Feb. 28, they embraced the business community. Said Gov. Wes Moore, who had actually spent some time as an investment banker: “When Maryland’s businesses are strong, Maryland’s communities are strong. As governor, I am dedicated to doing everything in my power to make Maryland the business capital of the United States.”

Comptroller Brooke Lierman told the chamber she was excited to work with the governor, the legislature “and all of our business leaders to ensure that we are united in making Maryland the best state in the country in which to start and grow a business.”

Would that those statements reflected the reality of current state government and policies Moore is backing.

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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.