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New Report Gives Maryland 32 Recommendations on How to Become More Business Friendly

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Maryland governor Larry Hogan made it clear in his state of the state address he wants Maryland to become more competitive in the region. Last year a report was commissioned to study Maryland's business climate and provide some suggestions.

The 129 page report, was released Thursday through the offices of speaker Mike Busch and senate president Mike Miller. It details 32 recommendations for how to put the state on track for attracting more businesses, and retaining the ones that are already here. Those include transferring technology from higher education to the marketplace and further protecting small businesses from regulations.

80 cars, all in various states of restoration. R&M Performance has occupied a massive building just outside of Cambridge for ten years now. Owner Matt Hutchins said the facility itself is perfect, but sometimes operating a business in Maryland can be a struggle.

"Maryland, as far as helping us out, I'd like to see the organizations work together a little bit more. Meaning, not three different organizations coming in and telling me the same thing three ways with three different fees, and three different ways to do it," said Hutchins.

He said on top of that, taxes in Maryland are hard to manage, and he has outside experience. He also owns a sub shop in Delaware. 

"Delaware is more streamlined and easy to deal with. Maryland is a little bit more in your business," said Hutchins.

At Dorchester County's Chamber of Commerce, executive director Deborah Divins said improvements need to be made in Maryland.

"We've got a lot of tax disadvantages as compared to our surrounding region. We also have a lot of regulation. I have to admit that's the number one thing I hear from my members," said Divins.

The report addresses some of these concerns this year, with a recommendation strengthening the process of determining how regulations would affect small businesses, creating apprenticeship programs, and creating a secretary of commerce to name a few being submitted this year for legislation.

Hutchins said that although the governor said the economy is floundering, he sees the light at the end of the tunnel.

"As far as floundering, I don't think we're there. I think we need to cut some meat and tighten our belts, but I think people could do that,"said Hutchins.

"I do think that Hogan has some interesting ideas. I'm hoping that can make a change to that business climate.  I'm looking forward to the rest of the session to see how some of those play out in the bills that will be coming forward," said Divins.

Many are optimistic that Maryland is now on the right track.

The full report can be found here.

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