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Important Hearings

This week, two particular concerns for employers are on the docket for hearings: mandatory paid leave (House Bill 1/Senate Bill 230 and House Bill 382/Senate Bill 305) and a bill that would prevent local municipalities from setting their own individual minimum wages or benefit laws (House Bill 317).

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce will provide testimony on both of these bills, as well as several others. Members can access that testimony and our legislative positions on their behalf by logging in to and checking our bill listings. 

The Chamber is opposed to any mandatory paid leave bill. It is best for employers to decide for themselves what benefits they might be able to offer to their employees. Given the versions of mandatory paid leave before legislators this session, it’s clear that both the administration and the bill sponsors have made mandatory paid leave a priority. If a bill must pass, we will work to minimize the damage it will do to your organization. 
As always, you are welcome to contact us to share the effects that concern you or what matters to you in Annapolis.

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Gov. Larry Hogan’s State of the State Address on Wednesday laid out 32 specific initiatives his administration will pursue during this legislative session. Here are just three that could have an effect on your business and employees:
More Jobs for Marylanders Act of 2017 – Legislation to eliminate state taxes for 10 years for new manufacturers in six designated zones and provide income tax credits for existing manufacturers that create jobs in those zones
This bill, if passed, would encourage job and manufacturing industry growth in some of the less economically stable areas of the state, including parts of Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore and Baltimore City, where recovery from the 2008-2009 recession has lagged behind recovery in other areas of the state.

P-TECH Expansion - Budgetary action providing state funding for six new Pathways In Technology – Early College High (P-TECH) schools throughout the state
This bill, if passed, would expand the existing P-TECH program, doubling the number of schools provided with state funding to partner with Maryland colleges and universities to provide students with a six-year pathway to a high school diploma and associate’s degree or certification in a given tech field. Ideally, it would create a talent pipeline between underserved youth and businesses so that both would benefit. Young people would get stable, good-paying jobs, and business owners would get well-trained new employees ready to work.

Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Program - Legislation to provide tax credit accessibility to investors in cybersecurity startups
This bill, if passed, would provide a tax credit to investors granting at least $25,000 to state businesses that have not participated in the program for more than one prior fiscal year. It would also extend the amount of time that credit is available.
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