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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

Donald C. Fry: Coaxing young people back to the basics (access required)

Virtually everybody in business, government and education agrees that ramping up knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among young people in Maryland’s school systems and colleges is essential for the development of a workforce that can meet the needs of future employers.

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Donald C. Fry: Challenges and unintended consequences (access required)

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care reform legislation, Maryland businesses, employees, health care providers and the uninsured can expect to be impacted in many significant ways.

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Donald C. Fry: We can’t throw transit under the fiscal bus (access required)

Opponents of proposals to raise Maryland’s gas tax rate or find other ways to increase revenue to address our state’s crisis in funding transportation infrastructure aim particularly vitriolic derision at one element of that infrastructure – transit. It’s largely the ...

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Donald C. Fry: What happened and what’s next in Annapolis (access required)

Lawmakers enacted 791 bills during the 2012 General Assembly session, hundreds of which gained passage on April 9 — the last day of the session. But two fiscal bills they didn’t pass in the chaotic final hours will likely frame ...

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Donald C. Fry: Report makes strong case for convention center project (access required)

The recently released feasibility study of the concept of a combined arena-convention center expansion project near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor deals head-on with key issues raised and debated in the wake of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s announcement last May to champion ...

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Donald C. Fry: Developing a bright, young, local workforce (access required)

Employers in Maryland industry sectors such as health care, IT, technical services, manufacturing and sales often complain that too many prospective employees today are “not hirable” for a number of reasons. This is not a phenomenon unique to Maryland, according ...

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Donald C. Fry: Myths, reality and transportation revenue (access required)

As lawmakers in Annapolis debate a proposed gas tax increase and other measures to boost long-stagnant revenue to pay for Maryland’s transportation infrastructure, they will be buffeted with information about transportation funding, some of it lacking in detail or credibility. ...

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Donald C. Fry: Alonso, schools deserve resources (access required)

In Dr. Andres Alonso, Baltimore City’s public schools have a CEO who still has the passion he brought to his office more than four years ago. He has managed to sidestep potential distractions of politics, conflicting constituencies and unwieldy bureaucracies ...

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