A recap of this week’s top-five news items and resources from the intersection of business and government.
1. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce recaps wins, losses of legislative session
During a virtual event on Wednesday, our Government Affairs team, Andrew Griffin, senior policy analyst, and Ashley Duckman, vice president of government affairs, reviewed the wins and losses of the 2021 Legislative Session relevant to the business community. Overall, the Chamber considered the 90-day session to be a success. In total, the Chamber took position on 95 bills and accomplished two of its three primary objectives: protecting businesses from huge unemployment insurance tax increases and securing more state aid to fuel an economic recovery.
2. Next week: Learn about Maryland’s new employment laws with Shawe Rosenthal LLP
Our own Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Griffin will join Shawe Rosenthal attorneys Fiona W. Ong and Paul D. Burgin on April 29 at 1 pm to discuss the significance of recently passed employment legislation. They will discuss compliance guidelines for the Essential Protection Act, bereavement leave rights, workplace peace orders, and revisions to the state’s mass layoff notification law among other things.
To register, click here.
3. Biden offers tax credits for COVID-19 vaccination paid time off
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced tax credits for certain businesses that pay employees who take time off to get COVID-19 shots, a new effort to involve corporate America in his vaccination campaign. In his speech, Biden said the tax credits would apply to businesses with fewer than 500 employees giving workers as much as 80 hours in paid time off to get their shots or recover from any side effects.
Watch his announcement here.
4. Maryland work group to audit COVID-related spending
On Wednesday, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced he is creating a new work group that will review pandemic-related spending. The group aims to look at how more than $50 billion received in federal aid was used by Maryland governments, businesses and residents, including whether the money went to the intended recipients and what disparities exist in the spending.
“The billions of dollars in federal and state aid has been essential for individuals and small businesses to survive the debilitating economic effects of the global pandemic, but we must make sure these dollars are being properly spent and bringing the greatest benefit to as many Marylanders as possible,” said Franchot.
To read more, click here.
5. Former U.S. Education Secretary added to 2022 Maryland governor race
This week, Former U.S. Education Secretary John King announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for 2022 Maryland Governor. King says as governor he would focus on education, climate change and addressing systematic inequality. King is now president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps.
To read more, click here.