The task force created to study a post Labor Day start for Maryland schools recommended that the State move forward with mandating the later school start date. The Maryland Chamber has been active in a coalition that has been advocating for a start date for public schools after Labor Day, because of the economic benefit which employers and the state would realize from the change. The coalition includes the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland Farm Bureau, Maryland Restaurant Association, Maryland State Fair, Maryland Tourism Council, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Hotel – Motel – Restaurant Association, Six Flags America, the Town of Ocean City and Worcester County.
Last year, a study by the Bureau of Revenue Estimates was released by Comptroller Peter Franchot which touted the positive economic benefits of a post Labor Day start. The study found that a post Labor Day start date would result in $74.3 million in direct economic activity through increased tourism and family recreational activity. Maryland’s vacation destinations, such as Ocean City, Deep Creek Lake, Historic Annapolis, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, make tourism the fourth largest industry in the State, and that is why this minor change is so important to the Maryland Chamber.
The Chamber will continue to actively support this effort to mandate a post Labor Day start-date for public School, both with the Administration and in the legislature. For more information contact Mathew Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org.