Your investment in the Maryland Chamber sent a strong message to legislators on Jan. 17: Businesses matter in Maryland, and employers across the state deserve a say in Annapolis. More than 200 of you showed up to make that happen. That’s a powerful statement.
Now we need to build on it.
The Maryland Chamber’s most recent legislative survey asked for volunteers to testify in Annapolis on bills affecting business.
I volunteered. Christine Ross and the rest of the Maryland Chamber team are reaching across aisles and industries, across sectors and across the state, to bring people together for sustainable solutions. I believe it’s up to us as members to support that when we can.
But it’s more than that. I had candid conversations on Wednesday with Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. Both of them told me loud and clear: “We need to hear from individual business leaders.”
When the Maryland Chamber asks you to add your individual voice, it’s because of that call from state leaders. It’s how legislators know how many of their constituents are concerned about mandates, and the unintended consequences for Maryland’s workforce – the very people legislators want to help.
There are several nonpartisan ways you can help the Maryland Chamber advocate for you. Join an issues committee. Join one of the new advisory groups for human relations, telecommunication or rural interests. Let Larry and Rich and Kevin know how mandates and bills will impact your business.
And when they ask you to stand and be heard on your own, answer that call and be part of the sustainable, collaborative solution that makes Maryland stronger for everyone.
Thank you for your investment in the Maryland Chamber. Let’s get to work.
Chair, Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
President, KCI Technologies