This week in business: Legislators offer look at bills

GBC hosts panel on measures pending before General Assembly

Franchising seminar planned in Columbia

January 26, 2004|By Frank McCoy | Frank McCoy,Special to SunSpot

Several bills pending before Maryland legislators could have a major impact on the Baltimore business community.

This morning, the Greater Baltimore Committee wants to tell you about them at its "Legislative Forum: A Look at the 2004 General Assembly Session," to be held at Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St.

"Our top issues include state support for strengthening the life-science industry in the Baltimore region, which includes support for the planned East Side biotech park," said Gene Bracken, a GBC spokesman. "Other topics are the continuation of the heritage rehabilitation tax credit for commercial properties -- and we're interested in improving regional transit.

"And, we want to keep a very close eye on how the General Assembly may or may not adjust business taxes in order to deal with the deficit, " Bracken said.

Panelists will include Sen. Ulysses Currie, chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee; House Minority Leader George Edwards; Rep. Maggie McIntosh, chairwoman of the Environmental Matters Committee; Rep. Sheila E. Hixson, chairwoman on the House Ways and Means Committee; and James C. "Chip" DiPaula, secretary of the state Department of Budget and Management.

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