MCCC's Economic Development Committee Receives Tax Season Briefing by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot
On March 2, 2022, MCCC's Economic Development Committee received a briefing from Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. Comptroller Franchot, a former Montgomery County member of the House of Delegates, told MCCC members that Maryland's tax filing deadline was moved 90 days to July 15, 2022. The Comptroller said moving the date helps small businesses by essentially providing a short-term loan to taxpayers.
Comptroller Franchot also discussed the State of Maryland's budget surplus. He urged policymakers to commit $2B to the Rainy Day Fund to buffer the State from future economic downturns. He also suggested that $1B be committed to infrastructure projects, $2B for low-wage Marylanders, $500 million for childcare, and $500 million to small businesses.
Infrastructure and Land Use Committee Briefing: Briefing by Carol Rubin, Member of the Montgomery County Planning Board
On March 8, 2022, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s (MCCC) Infrastructure and Land Use Committee met with Commissioner Carol Rubin of the Montgomery Planning Board. Ms. Rubin, who was appointed to her role on October 26, 2021, is the newest member of the Montgomery County Planning Board, which is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. MCCC supported Ms. Rubin’s appointment to the Planning Board and plans on doing so again when she is up for a full four-year term later this year.
Ms. Rubin discussed her background, including extensive planning experience working as principal counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at M-NCPPC for 13 years. She sees the Planning Board as an economic development tool for Montgomery County. As an example, she discussed the recently passed biohealth priority campus ZTA, which she helped put together in her previous role.
She also discussed the need to make Silver Spring a place where people want to walk, which calls for more ground floor retail to make the pedestrian experience more interesting. Regarding the Beltway and I-270 improvements, Ms. Rubin wants to see the project considered in its entirety instead of a project focused solely on the American Legion Bridge/I-270/I-495 phase.