ANNAPOLIS (February 1, 2017): In response to Governor Hogan’s third State of the State, the following remarks may be attributed to Mike O’Halloran, Maryland State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB):
What we heard today was a Governor intent on investing in Maryland’s future and hopeful that he will have bipartisan support to do so. We applaud his vision for the future of our state and we encourage lawmakers in Annapolis to answer the call and reach across the aisle to work with the peers on our continued economic resurgence.
The Maryland jobs initiative is imperative to ensuring that all Marylander’s have the opportunity to achieve success. By incentivizing employers to actively participate in the job creation process, it ensures that our status as a top ten economic performers nationwide will be solidified for years to come. A workforce that is prepared and well trained is an employed workforce and a vast majority of those jobs will originate in the small business sector.
Unfunded pension liability continues to plague our economy and until definitive and dramatic action is taken, the problem will only grow in proportion. It is imperative that our elected officials take a serious look at Governor Hogan’s proposal so that we are not continuously bogged down by financial commitments that cannot be fulfilled.
We certainly appreciate the Governor’s concern for the small business community pertaining to mandatory paid leave. Under his watch, we have no doubt that small business owners will be protected. However, our concern remains that opening the door for any new type of mandate leaves our members vulnerable to expansion in the future.