Welcome to Maryland: Business Unwelcome


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For the past year, Northrop Grumman (one of the largest defense contractors in the country) has been looking to relocate its headquarters to the DC metropolitan area. Sites in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland were considered for the big move. Not only would this be a shot in the arm for the local tax base, NG was also going to need hundreds of new workers.

This morning, the BaltimoreSun reported that the CEO of Northrop Grumman chose northern Virginia for their new office location, citing “overall economics,” as the reason for their move. Sadly and unsurprisingly, Maryland lost the bid for more jobs, more income, and the prestige of landing one of America’s great companies. It was summed up perfectly by professor of economics Richard Clinch: “I always thought Northern Virginia would win — not only are they a lower-cost location in a state that is generally more friendly to business — the congressional delegation is also much more pro-military.”

This is a stunning indictment of the O’Malley administration and the General Assembly’s philosophy. Maryland cannot compete against other states in the region with such a high sales, income and corporate tax. In fact, the non-partisan Tax Foundation ranks our state as the 5 th least business friendly state in the country. The situation could get worse: if the tax-and-spenders are re-elected this November, we can expect enormous tax hikes to cover their $8.3 billion structural deficit.

Maryland should be an attractive place for businesses to anchor their operations. We have an educated workforce who is ready and willing for full employment. With record unemployment levels, we need to attract new businesses to Maryland. This means we have to cut state and local taxes, do away with unnecessary regulations, and seriously change the direction of policy!

GOV. O’MALLEY RE-ELECTION EVENTS

Gov. O’Malley kicked off his gubernatorial campaign today. He will tour the state for three days. If you would like details of the announcement, CLICK HERE.

Below is a list of kickoff events:

Western MD – April 28th 8:00 AM
Frederick County – April 28th 11:30 AM
Howard County – April 28th – 4:00 PM
Eastern Shore – April 28th – 6:30 PM
Harford County – April 29th – 11:30 AM
Baltimore County – April 29th – 4:00 PM
Anne Arundel County – April 29th – 6:30 PM (Paid dinner event)

IN THE NEWS…

Gov. O’Malley’s Statement on Northrop Grumman decision

Bob Ehrlich’s Statement on Northrop Grumman decision

AFP Demands Investigation before Financial Overhaul

UPCOMING LOCAL CHAPTER MEETINGS

Help keep the TEA Party movement going – attend your next local chapter meeting. CLICK HERE to check out our AFP-Maryland calendar. Also – if you are on Facebook, get up-to-the-minute updates by becoming a member of our fan page. Look forward to seeing you soon!

Dave Schwartz
State Director
Americans for Prosperity

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