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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

Donald C. Fry: Assembly leaders back disingenuous gas tax (access required)

State lawmakers face a session of reckoning during the Maryland General Assembly’s next three months in Annapolis. First, they face an estimated $1.6 billion operating budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1 without benefit of more than ...

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Donald C. Fry: Climate change needed for competitive edge (access required)

The announcement last April that Northrop Grumman was selecting Virginia over Maryland and Washington, D.C., as the new location for the defense industry giant’s headquarters struck a nerve among Maryland’s media, elected officials and the business and economic development communities. ...

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Fry: The case for the new convention center plan (access required)

In my experience, good ideas rarely just happen. Instead, they are often the product of a confluence of compelling needs, opportunities and circumstances that put people in positions to take advantage of an opportunity in effective and, in some cases, ...

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Maryland companies need to know how to do business with the feds (access required)

The major military presence in Maryland and projected growth at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Meade and 15 other military installations in our state will generate significant defense-related business opportunities, particularly in the area of research and development. The question on ...

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Commentary: City’s best revenue option? Growth. (access required)

How many times have you heard an official in Baltimore City lament, as did one to a newspaper reporter last week, that “the city doesn’t have many opportunities when it comes to generating new sources of revenue”? Baltimore City’s two ...

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Commentary: Maryland’s stealth pension issue (access required)

Many fiscal challenges await Maryland’s newly elected governor and members of the General Assembly when they take office in January 2011. Addressing the state’s structural deficit and budgeting for transportation, education and health care have gained substantial attention from the ...

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Commentary: Reading business surveys’ mixed signals (access required)

When the issue of Maryland’s competitiveness as a place to locate or expand a business comes up, as it did last week at the Maryland Economic Development Association’s annual meeting in Cambridge, the discussion invariably gets around to how our ...

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Candidates should go back to the future (access required)

The 2010 election needs to be about the future, not the past A gubernatorial election grudge match between Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. might be fun for political commentators and will certainly be entertaining for ...

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Spending cuts don’t solve long-term problems (access required)

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned this week after, for the first time in recent memory, passing a budget that calls for reduced spending from not only the general fund but from all state funds. For the second year in a ...

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