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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

Donald C. Fry: We can’t throw transit under the fiscal bus

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

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

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

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

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

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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Donald C. Fry: Utility merger is good deal for state

The merger proposal of the Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy Group will surface in earnest next Friday. That’s when the Public Service Commission has scheduled a status conference on the merger, to be followed by public hearings between then and ...

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Donald C. Fry: Positioned for success is only a start

Converting Maryland’s ‘capacity’ to thrive into actual growth Any conversation about business climate among Maryland economic development experts and policymakers inevitably gets around to the topic of Virginia, our neighboring state and competitor that ranks higher than Maryland on most ...

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