Chamber Legislative Wrap Up Breakfast
The chamber held its annual legislative wrap up breakfast this morning at the Sheraton in Columbia.
Panelists consisted of Delegates Terri Hill, Warren Miller, and Courtney Watson as well as Mike O’Halloran (State Director, Maryland & Delaware at National Federation of Independent Business) and Larry Richardson (Vice President of Government Affairs, Maryland Chamber of Commerce).
Panelists were asked to discuss the ups and downs of the session, and the biggest “down” seemed to be the minimum wage legislation, which was well intentioned, but will likely have unintended negative consequences. Small business owners who cannot afford to pay minimum wage to the existing employees will likely lay off or close. Businesses which are growing may not be able to handle the additional cost of its employees. A point to remember, is that minimum wage is not the end of the cost of an employee. There’s unemployment insurance, health insurance, etc., which can run a $15 per hour rate to $17 or $18 per hour.
The good news to everyone is that all of the panelists described a desire and an ability to work across the aisle in a non partisan manner.
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