Tag: Greater Baltimore Committee

Local officials urge lawmakers to balance transportation spending statewide

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball stressed his county’s need for expanded transit options. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said that the county’s annual budget includes $75 million for a “permanent public improvements fund” for transportation and that some of that money will go to mass transit, Pittman said local leaders must fight for the state funding their jurisdictions need.

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Running for redistricting reform: 225-mile gerrymander meander

Over the rivers and through the woods, two dozen runners and bikers will start a 3-day super marathon Friday morning to traverse the 225-mile perimeter of Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District, the second most gerrymandered seat in the country.

The “gerrymander meander” is organized by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Annapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women to encourage Maryland to reform its highly partisan process of congressional redistricting.

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Business group leaders say Maryland needs to be more competitive on taxes

With a report Monday by CEO magazine ranking Maryland among the 10 worst states to do business, the Greater Baltimore Committee said it’s going to renew its push to improve the state’s competitiveness. “I’m always struggling with why we think we’re so good and others think we’re not,” said Brian Rogers, chairman of the T. Rowe Price Group who chairs the Greater Baltimore Committee’s board.

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Report reveals why Va. typically outranks Md. in business climate surveys

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s latest report reveals that Maryland’s tax structure and other corporate regulations are a driving force behind the state’s spotty performance on U.S. business climate rankings, which typically rate Virginia as a better place to do business than Maryland.

On average, Maryland placed 27th out of 50 states in national rankings published between 2012 and 2013. But each of the 10 rankings are based on different criteria, so Maryland receives better grades from some ranking groups than others.

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