Recaps & Highlights


It was a big afternoon in Annapolis today, as the House Ways and Means Committee took up Maryland House Bill 1001 -- legislation aimed to protect the state's Transportation Trust Fund and to generate increased revenue for transportation projects. Montgomery County Chamber President & CEO Gigi Godwin testified in support of the bill and here is her testimony.


The Chamber hosted its annual Legislative Reception in Annapolis on Monday evening, Jan. 31, giving members a chance to visit one-on-one with state legislators from Montgomery County, who are now in session for the 2011 Maryland General Assembly. State Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Brian Feldman, the chairs of the Montgomery County Senate and House delegations, each made brief remarks and thanked the Chamber for its advocacy on a wide range of issues, including transportation funding, economic development and business tax and regulatory matters.



State Comptroller Peter Franchot met with the MCCC Legislative Affairs Committee on Dec. 17, highlighting what he believes are keys to restoring the strength of the Maryland economy and the state’s revenue picture. He noted his opposition to any new taxes, saying “the economy is too fragile,” and that raising taxes “takes the pressure off spending reform.”


The MCCC Legislative Affairs Committee welcomed newly elected freshmen delegates from the Montgomery County House Delegation in Annapolis on Nov. 19, as Legislative Affairs Vice-Chair Tom McElroy, Hughes Communications, and Co-Chair Josh Bokee, Comcast, and MCCC Vice President of Public Affairs Lisa Fadden briefed the new delegates about the Chamber and its legislative advocacy efforts.


Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp met with the MCCC Legislative Committee, apprising the group on the state's most recent revenue projections, long-term structural deficit challenges, state pension fund issues, its AAA bond rating and other fiscal matters. Kopp also gave members an overview of the sweeping duties of the State Treasurer's Office, including her key role as part of the three-member Maryland Board of Public Works, along with the Governor and Comptroller, and her leadership of several other state-constituted boards.

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