Ehrlich: Md. legislature was a brick wall
Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on Tuesday likened the Democrat-led Maryland General Assembly to a brick wall as he recounted his efforts to advance measures in Annapolis helpful to small businesses.
Ehrlich's comments came as he continued to promote a plan to improve the state's small business climate, including an appearance at a Howard County shopping center where stores are owned and operated by Korean-Americans.
A central feature of Ehrlich's plan is quarterly meetings that would include small business owners and state legislators -- many of whom do not understand what it takes to run a business, Ehrlich sad.
"We would meet this sort of wall in Annapolis," Ehrlich told a gathering of Korean-American business people, speaking about his previous term. "I want to start taking that wall down brick by brick."
House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) said Ehrlich's assessment was belied by Maryland's prosperity, which he argued is partly a reflection of the legislature's sound policies.
"I don't think he's being reasonable at all," Barve said, when told of Ehrlich's comments about the brick wall.
On a more partisan note, Barve added: "We certainly weren't very good at stopping his $3 billion in tax and fee increases while he was in office."
As Ehrlich promoted his small business plan in Easton and Ellicott City on Tuesday, O'Malley's campaign pointed to recent job-related events on O'Malley's calendar as governor, including a tour of a new research facility in Frederick County on Tuesday.
O'Malley's office said the Riverside Research Park is supporting up to 350 workers during construction and will add approximately 200 jobs when complete.
In an email to supporters, O'Malley's campaign contrasted the two schedules as "Real Job Creation vs. The Lip Service Plan."
June 9, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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