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Making Maryland More Business Friendly

10/01/2015 12:40 PM | Ben Cook (Administrator)

Making Maryland More Business Friendly

I understand that Governor Hogan has finished his cancer treatments.  Being under treatment has taken much of the time of his first year in office that could have been spent on state business.   In the last couple of weeks, he has been playing catch-up.

Making Maryland more business friendly was one of his goals, and he has taken the first steps to do so.  We, as business owners, know what it is to pay license fees.   In September, the governor cut almost all the LICENSE FEES that we must pay to stay in business.   Some as much as 20%.  This is a start and sends a message that he is trying to keep his campaign promises.

A hot topic across the country is the fight over funding, or not funding Planned Parenthood.   It is likely that, in next year’s session, decisions will be made regarding what Maryland will do.

There are people who feel strongly on this issue, FOR and AGAINST.   It is hard to find anyone who does not have an opinion.   No matter which side you are on, I encourage you to write to your local Delegate and Senator to express your opinion.

They make their decisions on their own feelings; but are strongly influenced by the positions of their constituents.   Do not send emails.   Nothing has a greater effect on an office holder than a letter, written by a constituent, on your company’s letterhead, and signed by you, the owner.

Do not wait until the session begins.   With over 3,000 new bills being submitted in every session, things get lost in the process.    Take the time to write a letter now, when it has the greatest impact.

Larry Helminiak

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