The 2014 General Assembly session began — and ended, for the most part — on a high note for the business community. The session started with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch coming together for the first time to introduce a joint business agenda.
For the past two years, business leaders from around the state have been collaborating through the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition to develop a vision and identify strategies to make Maryland a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation. The coalition was convened and is managed by the Maryland Chamber and is comprised of 60 organizations from throughout the state.
In order to grow our economy, create the jobs of tomorrow and enrich the lives of all Marylanders, increased collaboration between the business community, state government and Maryland’s higher education community is critical. Working together, we can further establish Maryland as a vibrant leader in technology and innovation. The legislative package pushed by the presiding officers and supported by the business community was a great first step. As a result, the 2014 General Assembly session was a good session for the business community.