Mon, May 1, 2017
The Association’s Advocacy Team attended a Policymaker luncheon last week in Annapolis. Speakers included the Majority and Minority Leadership from the Maryland General Assembly. Majority Leaders Delegate Bill Frick and Senator Doug Peters, along with Minority Leader Delegate Nic Kipke and Minority Whip Senator Steve Hershey. Lawmakers shared their views of the 2017 Session during the roundtable lunch. They also provided insight for 2018 – looking forward to both the next legislative session and the upcoming election year.
House Majority Leader Bill Frick highlighted the contrast between the severe budget cuts and actions proposed at the federal level and the challenges Maryland leaders faced to offset those threats to our state’s economy. House Minority Leader Nic Kipke also touched on federal level challenges, and focused on a number of bi-partisan wins from Governor Hogan’s legislative agenda, including tax cuts for new and expanding manufacturers in the State.
Senate Majority Leader Doug Peters stressed the importance of compromise and bi-partisan partnership required to pass tough bills in the Senate. He also championed tax incentives for manufacturing companies and promoting apprenticeship programs. Senate Minority Whip Steve Hershey also spoke to some of the Governor’s achievements, and highlighted contentious issues that parties faced this past session, including passage of the Paid Sick Leave legislation.