Don’t forget!  Supporters of the House Bill 1 version of mandatory paid leave will start the session ready to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto.  You can help us fight to sustain it.    
Everybody loves a good gift. What’s a better gift for business than a tax credit?

Tax credits help incentivize everything from hiring to research & development to strategic initiatives. When bordering states offer more of them than Maryland does, we fall to a competitive disadvantage. Pennsylvania, for example, spends $55 million on R&D tax credits. Meanwhile, the Maryland Department of Legislative Services has recommended elimination of some such credits during the upcoming session.

That’s why MDCC Vice President of Government Affairs Larry Richardson testified last week before the Tax Credit Evaluation Committee about R&D and biotechnology investment tax credits. In 2017, Maryland lawmakers increased the R&D tax credit and redefined the biotech investment tax credit to expand upon the number of companies eligible. Our testimony stressed that these and other credits and incentivized investments lead to new technologies that create industries, grow jobs and expand our economy. They shouldn’t be eliminated.

As the 2018 Legislative Session comes closer, we will continue to support tax credits that incentivize economic expansion and job growth through investments in new technologies and talent. That includes tax credit bills we supported last session and will continue to support this session, involving cybersecurity, internships, Enterprise/RISE Zones, and R&D.

These bills are just part of the reason it’s so important that you join us for our  2018 Business Day & Legislative Reception  in Annapolis. 

The early part of the day features preparation and one-on-one meetings with legislators, plus a rally and session preview luncheon. Our legislative reception follows in the evening. Whether you join us for one part of the day or the whole day, this is your chance to tell legislators the impact their decisions have on your organizations.

So register, and be sure to note within the registration form that you have the opportunity for us to schedule a meeting with your legislator for you.

We’re looking forward to a productive session with you.   Let us know  if there’s something we can do for you.
BWI Marshall Airport steadily grows—in size and impact
This December,  BWI Marshall Airport—the nation’s 22nd busiest airport—is buzzing with travelers humming “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.”

This month the Maryland Chamber of Commerce focuses on  TRANSPORTATION . We take a look at how Maryland transportation effects you and your business !

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Statewide stories of substance
From the Baltimore Sun
Maryland's holiday traffic outlook
How many Marylanders will be on the roads this holiday season?

Maryland businesses giving back
Norfolk Southern's year-round
spirit of giving
Toy trains are a prominent feature of the season. The real ones keep the holidays moving on time. But there are lots of gifts Norfolk Southern never puts on a boxcar.

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