From the office of Del. Mary-Dulany James:
As Special Session gets underway the legislature is evaluating redistricting plans and considering other matters. At the top of our list is creating jobs, and we are already making some progress.
Yesterday Governor O’Malley issued an executive order calling for all of his agencies to conduct “a comprehensive review of its regulations” to determine which could be steam-lined or eliminated with an eye toward promoting job creation. See the Executive Order here. This is something that I have advocated for some time along with a group of other Democrats. Last session I sponsored House Bill 524 along with Delegate Galen Claggett to order this kind of comprehensive review of state regulations. In his announcement, Governor O’Malley called me,
Delegates Claggett and John Bohanan, the “job creation caucus.” I am proud of the title, and I will continue this important work over the coming days of Special Session and beyond.
I work with a group of Democrats that we call the Blue Dog group on job creation and business development. We have a four-year agenda to make Maryland a business friendlier environment, create jobs, and educate Marylanders so they can take advantage of 21st century positions that are growing in our state. A major step is reviewing regulations so that we can eliminate any that are needlessly preventing people from bringing businesses here, keeping small business from hiring more employees, or over regulating industries that could otherwise flourish. After a 60-day review period, the intent is to introduce a package of regulatory reforms to the General
Assembly in January.
Our “job creation caucus” also supported the Governor in taking a positive step earlier this summer when he signed an executive order creating a FastTrack process that cuts bureaucratic red tape for business owners and developers. It is a tool to streamline and expedite the review of state permits for projects in priority development areas. (Press Release, 6/30/2011)
We are already taking advantage of the opportunity that Special Session presents. I am pleased with this progress, and will report on any other major events as they unfold. Please get in contact with my office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or questions about Special Session.
Mike Perrone Jr. says
While the government is focused on creating jobs, how about creating marriages too?
Yes, that’s what I said… creating marriages. So many children are born out of wedlock these days; why does the government not focus on creating marriages?
Is it because a marriage is a voluntary matter? Between two willing parties? Hmm… that sounds a lot like a job, doesn’t it? A voluntary arrangement between an employer who wants help and an employee who wants money.
So let’s be honest with ourselves. The government can no more effectively create a job than it can create a marriage. The rest is all meaningless banter.
Interesting take, Mike. I like it, and I agree. That being said, single-parent “families” are a huge problem in our state and our country. However, I believe that is more of a cultural and moral issue than anything else.
I am curious, though, why it would be necessary to pass a bill in order to get bureaucracies to streamline and/or eliminate cumbersome regulations. Perhaps because more regulations ultimately means more power and control for those already in power?
And as for FastTrack, it is for “projects in priority development areas”. What that means is it benefits “green” businesses, union-friendly businesses, and donors to Maryland democrats. If it was an ‘across-the-board’ deal, it would be much better. Keep in mind that maryland ranks 50th in job creation.
Mike Perrone Jr. says
I’m vaguely familiar with that FastTrack process… that sounds about right.
We’ll see what kind of regulatory reforms actually come out of this…
Bel Air Fed says
unions = votes. union jobs = 15 cent gas tax increase. taking the food out of my kids mouths to put in the pockets of O’malley cronies. I truly think he is one arrogant person who deludes himself into thinking he’s another JFK. I am one Marylander who never voted for our governor and I am tired of being financially raped by him the the likes of Busch and Miller. We don’t have an investment and compassion crisis Governor, we have a selfish, arrogant politician crisis, guised as some kind of noble do gooder. Normal people who don’t have state paid drivers, kitchen staff, and the like are stretched to the limit – pay cuts, job loss, rising health care, utility, food, fuel costs. And these jack wads have the arrogant gall to slap an additional gas tax on us along side of toll increases. They are pushing us to breaking points.
Bel Air Fed – you are entirely correct. also note that the rising costs of healthcare, fuel, food, energy, etc., are direct results from over-regulation from D.C. and Annapolis.
And the proposed gas tax increase and the approved toll increases would never have been ‘necessary’ if sticky-fingers owe’malley hadn’t stolen from the trust fund to ‘balance’ his general fund budget.
“O’Malley issued an executive order calling for all of his agencies to conduct “a comprehensive review of its regulations” to determine which could be steam-lined or eliminated with an eye toward promoting job creation.”
Gotta love the job security that comes along with reviewing YOUR OWN REGULATIONS to see what can be “stream-lined” in order to “create jobs”!
Do most politicians start the day by looking in the mirror and saying to themselves….”You look mahhhvelous……Do you know who the MOST IMPORTANT person is in the world today???…..YOU ARE…..you mahhhvelous-looking specimen…..now let’s get to work at undoing all the crappy regulations we passed in order for us to look important….this will make us look even more mahhhvelous!”
Dear Mary-Dulany James,
Utterly unrelated to the topic at hand but I felt the need to say it… please do not start your letters with “Dear Friends”. You immediately lose a percentage of any possible credibility.
We are not in kindergarten, you are not my friend.
ALEX R says
Dear Tired of the Phoney Baloney,
With an attitude like that she probably is glad she isn’t your friend. I might agree with a lot of your viewpoints but let’s make every attempt we are able to make to preserve some civility. Believe me, she would never consider herself my friend. But let her speak. Frankly, the more the Democrats talk the more I realize what a sad bunch they are. Well, not sad really, dangerous to the rest of us and to America at large who can see thru their arrogant and intellectually dishonest agenda.
Thank you all. I agree. The problem seems to be the American voter. As a nation we wake up late, especially when we have such insulated citizens who think that the golden goose will always provide what they need, so let’s give everything to everyone. As an English newspaper editorial stated, Americans blame Obama for all of their problems, but it is the mindset of the voter who should be blamed for electing such a person. Unfortunately, we have these knuckleheads in many offices in many levels of government. While I think both parties have blame in this regard, it is the Democrats who have epitomized this give away philosophy.
Caucus: a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause.
So they’ll get together and we may never know what they talked about.
to Alex R :
As I stated in my post, my comment was not relevant to the subject of the article and I have no problem with her speaking her thoughts. My comment was simply an observation of the phoney form of address used by the author. “Constituents”, “voters”, “citizens”, “residents” – something along those lines would have been a better form of address.
It’s bad enough listening to my son’s 2nd gr teacher address the class as “friends” (as is the unfortunate norm now). They are not friends, they are students; we are not friends, we are voters. Attempting to create a false level of intimacy in order to subtly manipulate your audience comes across as insincere and …phoney.
ALEX R says
Tired of the Phoney Baloney,
No argument there. I can’t think of any politian with whom I would like to develop a level of intimacy. Of any kind. Let’s agree that she is just one of many who use that tired old ‘trick’. Maybe Ms. James is a product of the local school system.
Mary dulaney aren’t you the liberal that always votes to give Casa de md and their illegal buddies jobs and $2billion a year of our tax $$? Didn’t you vote no for the Legit id act where immigrants had to show proof to vote, get welfare and a job? Sure you did. These are things that make you a non supporter of our citizens and a huge supporter to illegal aliens who use and abuse our systems by having babies for profits.. But hey.. Can’t blame you because without the immigrants votes you wouldn’t be in office would you? One last thing. How ’bout telling the taxpaying citizens that casa de md is operating using 44% tax $$.. While they aid and abet illegals while they send them off to work our jobs.. True stuff huh!!