View this email in your browser



Crossing Over

The big story last week was obviously the Senate’s passing of SB 230, or its version of mandatory paid leave. The Senate version contains a few things that are different from the House’s bill. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs team succeeded in getting exemptions for staffing companies and certain health care employees in SB 230. We pushed for fewer hours of payout; the Senate bill limits the number of paid days to five instead of the House’s seven. We pushed for a 120-day accrual period; the Senate bill extends it from 90 to 106 days. 

With Gov. Larry Hogan promising a veto regardless, legislators now need to decide which version of the bill they want to adopt. We’re still working it in the halls. The governor’s version of mandatory paid leave hasn’t gotten out of committee; if the legislature adopts either HB 1 or SB 230, the governor’s bill will stay stuck.

Meanwhile, lawmakers
are setting the stage
for what may be next
year’s big fight.

We went on-record opposing SB 962, also known as the $15 minimum wage bill. Increasing the minimum wage would artificially inflate the price of labor, make things more expensive for consumers, and threaten jobs. Maryland already has one of the highest minimum wages in the country.

Tuesday’s snow day was a work day for the team, testifying on punitive damages in SB 1058 and regulation in HB 1311. The rest of the week saw us at the tables for SB 1021, which would grant small business tax credits in enterprise zones. We also testified on SB 726, which would allow for the awarding of counsel fees and other legal costs for withholding of wages, regardless of the reason for the withholding.
With job creation and skilled labor being high economic priorities, the Chamber has joined the National Association of Manufacturers in urging the Trump administration to include funding of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program in the president’s fiscal year 2018 budget. The MEP program supports these businesses and lets them contribute to the economic development and revitalization of the communities where these programs are offered. It also gives small- and medium-sized manufacturers access to new technologies, providing a competitive edge in the global marketplace and helping those manufacturers create jobs and contribute to economic growth

We also support HB 394/SB 317 – the More Jobs for Marylanders Act – which gives new manufacturing businesses a 10-year tax break if they create jobs in certain high unemployment areas. It also provides tax credits for existing manufacturing companies who create jobs in those areas. 

We’re less than a month from Sine Die, but we’re not winding down yet. As always, contact us if you want to tell legislators why a bill is good or bad for your business.
If you’re a Chamber member, log on to to learn more about our positions and testimony on the bills mentioned here and more than 100 others.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for business in Maryland, representing more than 400,000 Marylanders through our member-companies, institutions and organizations. The Maryland Chamber's mission is to support business and advance the State of Maryland as a national and global competitive leader in economic growth and private sector job creation through effective advocacy, high-level networking and timely and relevant communication.
 Become a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce today: 
Join Now
Copyright © 2017 Maryland Chamber of Commerce, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp