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By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1998
Two top Republican legislators rejected endorsements from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce yesterday to protest the chamber's policy of backing only incumbents.Del. Robert H. Kittleman, the House GOP Leader, and Del. Robert L. Flanagan, the House GOP whip, said the chamber is worried mainly about buying "access" to legislators. Its incumbents-only policy undermines efforts to make the General Assembly more friendly to business, they said.By overlooking challengers -- particularly Republicans -- Kittleman and Flanagan said, the chamber is missing an opportunity to balance the financial backing that labor unions and trial lawyers traditionally give Democrats.
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September 22, 2014
Last week, Jim Perdue spoke at a Maryland Chamber of Commerce event to complain about the regulatory environment in the state where his company roosts. "The problem is, we have no seat at the table in Maryland," the Perdue Farms chairman said, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. "Even if we have an onerous thing that happens in Virginia or Delaware, we can sit at the table and at least express our opinion. " Wow. Just wow. No doubt there are a lot of corporate CEOs out there who are nodding their heads in agreement at Mr. Perdue's chirping.
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October 11, 1995
THE FOUR members of a special state Chamber of Commerce panel who strongly endorsed casino gambling for Maryland were way off base. Their report defies the facts and reaches conclusions that cannot be supported. Their flawed recommendations are a triumph of lobbying power over the welfare of the chamber and the state.From J. Henry Butta's explanation of the virtues of casinos, you would never guess anything bad was associated with this form of gambling. Mr. Butta was so focused on the thousands of jobs for Baltimore and Western Maryland (and the D.C. suburbs)
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Juggling the rising cost of textbooks, tuition, food and rent is a little more manageable now for rising University of Maryland, Baltimore County senior Keyerra Jeter, thanks to a June 1 raise in starting pay to $9 per hour for Gap Inc.'s 65,000 employees. "It was difficult, with everything being so expensive all the time, to budget for everything on a minimum-wage salary," said Jeter, an employee of the Old Navy in Waugh Chapel. "I'm just thankful the increase has let me better meet the needs that I have.
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By Michael Dresser and Thomas Waldron and Michael Dresser and Thomas Waldron,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1998
OCEAN CITY -- Appearing alone because Gov. Parris N. Glendening declined an invitation to debate, challenger Ellen R. Sauerbrey told the Maryland Chamber of Commerce last night that Maryland needs to change its "basic culture" or risk losing ground to neighboring states."
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By Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin and Andrew A. Green and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | November 16, 2004
SAYING THE business community has suffered disastrous consequences when it played politics, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has broken with the state chamber over its decision to target "anti-business" lawmakers for defeat. The Maryland chamber announced last month that it would heed Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s call to "get dangerous" and use its political clout to elect more business-friendly legislators. The plan is to use the chamber's political action committee to support lawmakers who vote pro-business 80 percent of the time and to work against those who vote against business interests at least half of the time.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1996
WHO SAYS there's no cooperation between business and government in Maryland?In the latest indication of hand-in-hand collaboration, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is offering to put state legislators on the information superhighway -- for free.Well, at least the schedule of their fund-raisers.Champe C. McCulloch, the chamber president, sent a letter 10 days ago to the 188 members of the Maryland General Assembly, offering the "courtesy" of putting a list of fund-raising events on the organization's computer home page, in addition to sending the list by mail to members.
NEWS
January 18, 1994
A calendar item published in yesterday's Business section under the heading "This Week" was incorrect. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce's second annual economic outlook program has taken place.+ The Sun regrets the errors.
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By Barry Rascovar | October 15, 1995
IT WAS A SAD day last week when the Maryland Chamber of Commerce stepped into the water at Ocean City and started sinking.Barry Rascovar is deputy editorial-page editor of The Sun.
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December 23, 2009
Stabilizing Maryland's unemployment system is crucial to the state's economy and business community. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce appreciates the O'Malley administration's focus on this important issue. While the administration's proposal has some merit, the Maryland Chamber disagrees with The Sun's recent editorial ("Expanding benefits is worth the price," Dec. 21). Deferring more than $80 million in unemployment insurance tax increases and expanding benefits to access $126.8 million from the federal government sounds appealing.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Maryland's economy has grown almost without fail in the last quarter-century, ticking up year after year. But not in 2013. That's according to early estimates from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which showed Maryland's gross domestic product stagnating last year - putting the state near the bottom of the national pack. Only the District of Columbia and Alaska fared worse. It's another indication that 2013 wasn't great for Maryland, where federal budget cuts had an outsized effect because of the state's big cluster of federal contractors and agencies.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that it has picked the head of a chamber in Western Maryland to succeed its retiring CEO. Brien Poffenberger, CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce for the past decade, will step into the top spot at the state chamber June 16. Kathleen T. Snyder will retire that month after leading the organization for nearly 15 years. Poffenberger intends to focus on the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition, an effort by business groups across the state to get more business friendly tax and regulatory policies in place as well as to increase job growth, spur entrepreneurial activities and improve workforce education.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
The head of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce will retire this summer after nearly 15 years at the helm, the business group said Monday. Kathleen T. Snyder, president and CEO of the chamber since October 1999, plans to step down June 30. She came to the group after heading the chamber in Alexandria, Va. for seven years and serving for five years as executive vice president of the Prince George's County chamber. The chamber's board chairman, Thomas H. Graham, said in a statement that the Annapolis resident turned the state chamber into a "powerhouse organization that truly helps employers.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2013
Roughly half of Maryland employers will see their unemployment insurance tax drop by about 70 percent next year, the result of the state's rebound from the recession, the governor said Wednesday. After an annual evaluation of the unemployment benefit trust fund, the state will drop rates to the lowest of five possible brackets under Maryland's jobless tax system, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced. This is the second year the rates have fallen. As a result, a top-rated employer with 100 workers that paid $18,700 in 2012 will pay $2,550 in 2014.
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By Carrie Wells and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Richard E. "Dick" Hug, a prominent businessman and prolific fundraiser for Republican candidates, died Saturday. He was 78. Mr. Hug was the finance chairman for three Maryland gubernatorial campaigns - Ellen R. Sauerbrey in 1998 and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2002 and 2006 - becoming known as the $6 million man after he raised that amount for Mrs. Sauerbrey's unsuccessful attempt to unseat Gov. Parris N. Glendening. He belonged to numerous civic boards and associations, including the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and he served a stint as chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Maryland's deteriorating infrastructure could receive a boost from private investor dollars, thanks to legislation passed Monday designed to enhance public-private partnerships. The idea behind so-called public-private partnerships, or P3s, is to get investors to put up money for, say, highways or bridges in exchange for a share in the revenue stream later. Maryland has had some projects funded by public-private partnerships, but the bill aims to improve the process to attract more investors.
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By Bradley Olson | April 30, 2008
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce yesterday joined the coalition of interests that will fight for passage of a November referendum to legalize slot machine gambling in the state. Chamber officials announced yesterday that they would join with the Maryland Association of Counties, the Maryland State Teachers Association, several labor unions and the racing industry as part of the For Maryland, For Our Future ballot committee, which is pushing the referendum. "As Maryland's leading statewide business advocacy organization, the Maryland Chamber supports passage of the slots referendum as a reasonable alternative to tax increases," Maryland Chamber Chairman Betty Buck, president of Buck Distributing Co. Inc., said in a written statement.
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By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | March 2, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed changes to unemployment benefits have at last won the support of key business groups. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce's legislative policy committee voted Monday to back the Democratic governor's plan after changes were made to address concerns about long-term costs to employers. Until Monday, the Maryland Chamber and other business groups had opposed the legislation. With additional support now secured, the Senate Finance Committee will likely vote on the proposal today.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Maryland's business leaders are increasing efforts to speak with a louder, more unified voice to state officials, seeing in looming federal budget cuts the necessity — or opportunity — to focus more attention on the private sector. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is organizing business groups, trade organizations and employers across the state in a "competitiveness coalition" that aims to agree on a handful of priorities and talk about them with everyone — elected officials, candidates and the public.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Workers in Maryland would be guaranteed seven paid sick days a year under a bill introduced Thursday in Annapolis, eliminating what advocates say is an "impossible choice" that thousands of mostly low-wage employees are forced to make between preserving their health or their jobs. "Folks are now in a place where they have to make these impossible choices," said Del. John A. Olszewski Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat and sponsor, noting that for many people, three unpaid sick days can equal a month's worth of groceries.
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