Md. Business Group: State Support at New Low
Has the business climate in Annapolis reached a low point? That, at least, is the conclusion of the latest annual rankings of lawmakers' votes by Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG).
In the group's latest report card on selected votes from the past session, "overall scores are the lowest on record," MBRG reports.
The group notes that this year only two Democrats out of 134 -- Sens. Rona E. Kramer (D-Montgomery) and James E. DeGrange Sr. (D-Anne Arundel) -- voted the group's way 70 percent of the time. Fifteen years ago, it said, there were 84 Democrats from both the House and Senate voting at least 70 percent favorably on business-related issues.
Among the bills scored by MBRG was one giving the state additional tools, including broader condemnation powers, to keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland, as well as the properties of the bankrupt-owner of the horse race, Magna Entertainment Corp. That bill, MBRG asserted, "sets an extraordinary precedent worthy of careful consideration."
The group's 2009 scorecard is available here.
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