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Clippinger invites Indiana businesses to Maryland

Come to Maryland.

That’s the message from De. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore City, in an open letter to Indiana businesses Wednesday.

“Maryland is open for business, and—unlike Indiana—we treat all our citizens with dignity and compassion,” Clippinger wrote in the letter. “I invite any business concerned about the impact of Indiana’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act to pack up and move to Maryland.”

Clippinger, an openly gay member of the House of Delegates, writes that Maryland has “remarkable assets” including an educated work force and “a government that wants you to help you compete.”

The letter is similar to an idea floated by Del. Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery County.

Late Tuesday, Luedtke posted messages on his Facebook and Twitter accounts calling for a state initiative to attract businesses from the Hoosier State to the Free State.

“New idea for a campaign to attract businesses to relocate to MD from Indiana: Maryland – Land of Non-Discrimination,” Luedkte tweeted.

 

The letter comes at a time when a national discussion over Indiana’s controversial law has boiled over into Maryland.

Critics of the law say it would allow business owners to discriminate against gay couples. The state has come under fire from businesses, celebrities and elected officials in other states.

Late Tuesday night, Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. wrote a letter urging Gov. Larry Hogan to ban all state funded travel to Indianapolis. A Hogan spokesman called the letter “a political stunt” and said Hogan was so offended at the mention of the First Lady in the letter that he stopped reading at the point she was identified.

“Indiana’s elected officials sent you a message: They are more concerned about fighting culture wars than fostering a competitive business climate,” Clippinger wrote. “Now you can send them a message by packing up and moving your business to Maryland.”

Maybe those businesses seeking to move east can get a good rate from Mayflower.

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