As we have discussed many times on this blog, while the Maryland Democrat machine likes to brag about the rosy jobs picture in Maryland the truth is Maryland private sector job growth lags behind many of our neighbors and our state’s economy is precariously dependent upon government hiring, especially from the federal government. Few of us doubt that a day of reckoning is coming where unsustainable federal spending will be curtailed. When this happens, Maryland will need to rely on its private sector or face even more staggering unemployment.
With this grim future in mind, our friends over at Change Maryland have a new report suggesting real solutions regarding increasing private sector job growth in Maryland and common sense proposals to making Maryland more attractive to businesses. You can read the whole report here.
As Change Maryland founder Larry Hogan notes one of the main problems with Maryland’s efforts at economic development is that Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) is dysfunctional and “instead of attracting jobs, our economic development effort mission creeps into a marketing function for the Governor”.
The Change Maryland proposals focus on reforming DBED in three critical areas: 1) Increase Transparency; 2) Measure Internal Performance and 3) Reorganize to Attract Jobs. Among the specific recommendations the group suggests: the state honestly report economic conditions rather than cherry pick economic data (a source of previous contentions between Change Maryland and the Governor); simplify the Maryland StateStat reporting for DBED operations to make it more accessible to the wider business community; and reorganize the staff at DBED which currently has twice as many employees involved in “marketing and communications” than in “business development”.
When you do, you will see common sense policy solutions to a real and looming problem in our state. This is not a partisan problem and the solutions proposed are not partisan either. It is refreshing to see intelligent ideas that can solve Maryland’s problems. Too bad those in control in Annapolis are beyond such petty concerns.