Western Maryland Lawmakers Discuss Business Climate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After Procter & Gamble announced plans to build a new facility in West Virginia, lawmakers in Maryland discussed how to change the state’s business climate, and become more attractive to big-name manufacturers.

On Wednesday, the Washington County delegation met with Secretary Mike Gill of the Department of Business and Economic Development.

Some delegates believe the state’s high taxes, burdensome regulations and high electricity costs deter businesses from relocating to Maryland. They also want to streamline the process for new businesses that are trying to break ground in the state.

“We’re going to be able to cut some of those taxes to attract new businesses, and keep existing businesses in the state,” said Delegate Neil Parrott (R-Washington County). “We’re going to change some of our regulations that are over the top. A lot of that doesn’t require legislation.”

In addition to working with various state departments to reevaluate regulations, several Washington County delegates are proposing tax and financial legislation that would make western Maryland more attractive to businesses.

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