Md. makes gains in finding jobs for military veterans
U.S. Army veteran Mary Pratt knows the exact day she came to the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training in Baltimore. On March 24, 2016, after the end of an 8-year marriage and having just lost her job, she came to the center in need. A recovering drug addict, Pratt is now a full-time […]
Business lobby seeks major push on immigration
WASHINGTON — The president of the US Chamber of Commerce says the nation’s biggest business lobby intends to “pull out all the stops” to pass an overhaul of immigration laws. That would place the chamber on the side of President Barack Obama on one of the White House’s top legislative priorities of the year. Chamber […]
Md. tech thrives on ‘problems that need solving’
WASHINGTON — One recent Saturday morning, Greg Merril watched a lacrosse practice with team coach Ray Megill in Potomac. But Merril was not there to scout standout players or to observe as a parent — he was looking for a big hit that could result in a brain injury. Merril’s Bethesda-based company, Brain Sentry, builds […]
Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans trip to Maryland
ANNAPOLIS — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning a trip to Maryland to tout his state for having lower taxes. Perry’s office announced Thursday he is scheduled to travel to Maryland next week. The Republican has launched radio ads and television ads in Maryland. Perry’s office says the nearly $500,000 in TV and radio buys, […]
Md.’s rankings for business climate all over the place
Maryland is No. 1 — or is it No. 7? On third thought, it might be 41st. Critics and champions of the Free State’s business climate and tax policy have plenty to argue about most days, and all-over-the-place business climate rankings do little to quell the conflict.
Court hears challenge to NLRB recess appointments
WASHINGTON — Republicans and business groups told a federal appeals court Wednesday that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution earlier this year when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies in his administration. Attorneys for the groups told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that Obama abused his […]
Saturday boosts small business
Last Saturday, hundreds of small business owners in Maryland arrived at the shops where they earn their livelihoods — clothing boutiques, ice cream parlors, craft stores — to set up for the day. Then they waited.
Cato gives O’Malley a ‘D’ for growth
A report released Tuesday by the Cato Institute names the best and worst governors for economic growth. While Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley avoided a failing grade, Cato says he's barely passing.
Big guns join the fight over fault
A case pending before Maryland’s top court has attracted national attention as groups representing U.S. businesses, doctors and insurers are pressing the Court of Appeals to preserve a 165-year-old ruling that defendants cannot be held liable for damages if the plaintiffs’ own negligence contributed at all to their injuries.
State ranks first in innovation, entrepreneurship
Maryland is the top state for innovation and entrepreneurship, according to recent rankings by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, however, commercialization of these ideas is still lacking. “Given the amount of research that occurs here … we haven’t been in the past living up to our full potential,” said Secretary of Business and Economic Development […]
GE to hire 5,000 veterans over next 5 years
WASHINGTON — General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business. The announcements Monday were part of a four-day event that the global conglomerate is hosting with partners in Washington, D.C., that focuses on issues such as manufacturing and job creation in […]
New union election rules spur challenge by Chamber
WASHINGTON — In a win for organized labor, the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday approved sweeping new rules that would speed the pace of union elections, making it easier for unions to gain members at companies that have long rebuffed them. Business groups quickly denounced the move, saying it limits the time that employers […]