Dis­trict Six Del­e­ga­tion re­ceives per­fect score from Mary­land Busi­ness for Re­spon­sive Gov­ern­ment

The Avenue News - - NEWS - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

In the 32nd edi­tion of the Mary­land Busi­ness for Re­spon­sive Gov­ern­ment (MBRG) pub­li­ca­tion, Roll Call, all four Dis­trict Six del­e­gates were scored at 100 per­cent.

MBRG is a non­par­ti­san and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes busi­ness around the state. A Roll Call rat­ing of above 70 per­cent ranks a leg­is­la­tor as probusi­ness, but all of the Dis­trict Six leg­is­la­tion re­ceived per­fect marks from the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The MBRG an­nu­ally eval­u­ates recorded voted from the most re­cent Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly ses­sion. The votes that are cho­sen to an­a­lyze are those that would be “es­sen­tial to cre­ate/re­tain jobs and pro­mote a healthy busi­ness cli­mate through Mary­land.”

Ac­cord­ing to MBRG, Roll call an­a­lyzed 15 Se­nate votes and 16 House votes to com­prise their 2017 anal­y­sis.

In 2017, only 23 per­cent of the Se­nate 26 per­cent of the House re­ceived per- fect scores of 100 per­cent. These 11 Sen­a­tors and 37 Del­e­gates can be iden­ti­fied in the full Roll Call re­port which can be lo­cated on MBRG’s web­site.

Sim­i­larly, the 84 Del­e­gates (60 per­cent) and 18 Sen­a­tors (38 per­cent) that scored be­low 30 per­cent can also be iden­ti­fied us­ing this list.

“The high-scor­ing leg­is­la­tors gen­er­ally re­jected the ex­treme poli­cies of leg­isla­tive man­dates and bans, whereas the lower-scor­ing leg­is­la­tors gen­er­ally em­braced such ap­proaches,” said Sen. Johnny Ray Salling (R-6) in a press re­lease. “For ex­am­ple, the paid leave bill (House Bill 1 and Se­nate Bill 230) man­dated paid leave for em­ploy­ees of 15-per­son or­ga­ni­za­tions who work as lit­tle as 12 hours per week or as few as 107 days per year, and dozens of pro­posed amend­ments that sought to lessen the job-killing ef­fects of this man­date were roundly re­jected. The leg­is­la­tors who voted against the bill and in fa­vor of the amend­ments gen­er­ally scored well, whereas those who fa­vored the man­date and re­jected the amend­ments gen­er­ally scored poorly.”

Ac­cord­ing to their re­port, the pur­pose of Roll Call is “in­tended to im­prove the un­der­stand­ing by elected and ap­pointed of­fi­cials of the ef­fect of pub­lic pol­icy on busi­ness and the econ­omy, and the will­ing­ness and abil­ity of busi­nesses to cre­ate jobs, in­vest, and pros­per in Mary­land. It is our belief that a pos­i­tive busi­ness cli­mate is crit­i­cal to all other social progress.”

“We ap­pre­ci­ate those leg­is­la­tors who are able to look deeper at a bill, be­yond an in­nocu­ous bill ti­tle, such as The Mary­land Healthy Work­ing Fam­i­lies Act, for ex­am­ple, to rec­og­nize that such man­dates not only harm Mary­land’s busi­ness cli­mate, but will likely cause even more hard­ship for the very peo­ple the bills pur­port to help. Man­dated paid leave is ir­rel­e­vant if you no longer have a job.” said Duane Carey, Pres­i­dent of MBRG.

To view the full re­port, visit MBRG’s web­site at mbrg. org/roll-call. Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @Mi­aMcCaslin

PHOTO BY MIA MCCASLIN

State Sen.Johnny Ray Salling and County Coun­cil­man Todd Cran­dell were among those who par­tic­i­pated in a rib­bon-cut­ting for the Trea­sury Tax Ser­vice in early Fe­bru­ary.

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