Baltimore City Council Moves to Ban Plastic Bags – Contact the Mayor

Baltimore City Council amended Bill 14-0372 last night. The bill, which would have imposed a 5¢ fee on plastic bags, was amended on second reader by a vote of 11-1 to ban plastic bags. If the measure becomes law, it will take effect on… Read More

Unemployment Insurance Rates to Go Up

Unemployment insurance (UI) rates will move to Table B beginning January 1, 2015. The Division of Unemployment Insurance is required to do an annual calculation of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund every October. The ending balance of the Trust Fund on September 30 is… Read More

Election Changes – New Dynamics in Annapolis

Election of Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) made national news this week with his upset victory of Anthony Brown (D) in Maryland, in which Democrats have a 2-1 voter registration advantage. The election results from last night show him leading Brown, who would have been… Read More

Holiday Forecast

“Retailers are hopeful for a gain in holiday sales this year.” said Maryland Retailers Association’s (MRA) President Patrick Donoho.

ENERGY STAR Tax Free Weekend

Tax Free Weekend for qualified ENERY STAR appliances will begin on Saturday, February 15, end on Monday, February 17. During this weekend, the 6% sales tax will not be charged on qualified ENERGY STAR air conditioners, clothes washers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, solar water… Read More

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Hall of Fame

Maryland Food Industry Hall of Fame Breakfast: November 6, 2014 at Martins West.  Invitations will go out this summer.