2019 Federal Priorities

See how legislation out of Washington D.C. will impact Maryland.

It is essential to advocacy work on the state level to engage with federal officials on various issue areas to support Maryland and its ability to be better for business and its residents.

During the 115th Congress we had success in advocating for the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. Specifically we advocated for 1) changing the definition of qualified mortgages to include, for purposes of safe harbor, certain requirements for residential mortgage loans when they originate from a bank’s portfolio and 2) the redefining of high volatility as it pertains to commercial real estate loans and exempt community banks from these requirements. Both of those provisions were included in the final language of the bill, which was signed into law.

2019 Priorities

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Reform

The Maryland Chamber supports long-term reauthorization of the NFIP program with meaningful reform so that homeowners can afford this necessary insurance and the government does not sink money into a non-efficient insurance program. This reform would include setting rates on actuarial adjusted risk assessments, using up-to-date floodplain maps, and improving support to communities planning for disaster.

Read how it will impact Maryland.

State and Local Tax (SALT) Relief

As part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA), SALT deductions were capped at $10,000. This has been especially harmful to states with high state and local taxes such as Maryland. Relief in this form would come in the increasing of this cap.

Defense Reauthorization, Reform and Appropriations

We continue to support funding for Maryland’s many bases and installations including Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Naval Air Station Patuxent River and more. In addition to supporting the reauthorization of the Armed Services through the National Defense Reauthorization Act, we support reforms to the defense procurement process specifically in recruiting and retaining more non-college graduates with workforce training.

Infrastructure and Environmental Appropriations

We support continued funding for Maryland’s roads, bridges, and waterways.  We believe cleaning the Chesapeake Bay and investing in programs such as nutrient credit trading and other economically-based solutions to address environmental protection, are solutions our environment needs. Additionally, securing Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation grants  and other grants for roads and bridges is a priority of ours.

Trade Relief & the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)

The Administration’s imposition of tariffs on products and materials from certain foreign countries is hurting our state. Many Maryland jobs rely on the ability to freely move and trade products and materials. A tax on these imports makes them more expensive and difficult to access, hurting not only the American consumer but the entire economy.

Read how passing the USMCA will positively impact Maryland.

Apprenticeship and Workforce Development Proliferation

We support appropriations that increase apprenticeship programs and provide training to in-demand careers. This includes continue reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and others.