Gov. Martin O'Malley checked off a portion of his "jobs, jobs, jobs" agenda Thursday afternoon, putting his signature on a package of bills aimed at spurring job growth in his first bill-signing ceremony of the year.
Sitting at a long table with House Speaker Micheal E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, he approved a $5,000 tax credit for each unemployed worker that Maryland businesses hire.
O'Malley had proposed a $3,000 credit, but lawmakers bumped up that amount. Asked about the change, O'Malley said the approved credit "won't create as many jobs" because the total amount is capped at $20 million. But, he said "the ones it does create, it will create them a lot sooner."