Mary-Dulany James on the Economy


Taking over her family farm and running her own law practice has given Delegate Mary-Dulany James the insight to approach her role as a legislator from the perspective of a small-business owner.  The daily challenges of balancing the books, managing payrolls, and navigating regulations have made Mary-Dulany keenly aware of the impact that the government has on the private sector.  Her steadfast dedication and support of small businesses here in Maryland have led to improvements such as the FastTrack program, which is designed to expedite the State review of qualifying development projects.  This program has given much needed relief to those industries that were hardest hit by the recession, mainly the construction industry and the its many related businesses.

Another example of Mary-Dulany’s commitment to growing the economy was her hard work and collaboration in 2013, which led to the creation of 38,000 jobs here in the State of Maryland. Due to the support of private businesses by legislators such as Delegate James, 95% of these jobs were created by the private sector.  This type of job creation is a trend that is likely to continue.  For example, Delegate James and her colleagues passed a bill in the 2013 session to create a Workgroup to explore the creation of a $35 million dollar fund to invest in smart growth infrastructure projects throughout the State.  Given the success that such programs have had in other states, the implementation of this fund will likely lead to not only a smarter infrastructure for the State, but also the creation of new jobs for many of the State’s citizens.

Job creation is a top priority for Delegate James.  Mary-Dulany lead the charge in passing legislation to provide tax credits to businesses that hire recently unemployed Marylanders and gave small businesses flexibility in paying their unemployment insurance and property taxes.  In a time where the Great Recession has caused unemployment rates to reach record highs, Mary-Dulany and her colleagues on the Appropriations Committee are proud to be offering solutions that help businesses and employ more Marylanders close to home.

Mary-Dulany was also actively involved in the negotiation and passage of Public-Private Partnership legislation during the 2013 session.  This legislation allows for the use of State funds to leverage private sector investment, creating numerous jobs here in the State of Maryland.  The bill focuses on physical infrastructure within the State, such as major transportation projects. 

Delegate James also supported the Maryland Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Program, which creates industry-led partnerships to cultivate the skills of the workforce here in Maryland.  These partnerships consist of regional businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies, who all work together to identify common workforce needs and develop strategies to meet those needs. 

In 2013, Mary-Dulany showed her support for both Veterans and the Economy by supporting the Veterans Full Employment Act, which expedites the issuance of occupational and professional licenses for active military personnel, veterans, and their families.  The Act also credits active and former military personnel for training and certifications that they received during their service, allowing that training and experience to be considered when they apply for occupational and professional licenses here in the State.