I have supported and introduced legislature that increased jobs, and opportunities for businesses and individual growth. I have experience with proven methods of helping people move from welfare to work and I have worked to successfully implement those methods. As a business owner for more than 30 years, I have learned how to help businesses thrive. I have taken a close look at how existing laws and proposed legislation affect small businesses and I have introduced legislature to reform that process.
The following projects are a few of my economic development accomplishments: secured $550,000 for Hampden Family Center, St. Francis Recreation Center, and Learning, Inc.; secured $200 million in community development construction funds; directed $300,000 to the James Mosher Baseball League, $300,000 to the Morrell Park Little League, $300,000 to Parks and People, $400,000 to Lexington Market, $55 million to the Maryland Zoo and $2,000,000 to Coppin State University; secured more than one-half million dollars in scholarships for 40th district constituents; introduced and sponsored legislation to reduce personal property taxes for small manufacturing businesses that was passed by the Administration; initiated communication with constituents by organizing and hosting town hall meetings, developed and facilitated awareness summits, developed and hosted charrettes and meet and greet events to listen to their concerns and assisted with the resolutions of those concerns. Included in the minimum wage bill was my bill that expands the minimum wage salary to include 501(c) 3 non-profit health care organizations. I expanded the use of public-private partnerships (P3) in Maryland that allows State budget dollars to leverage private sector investment that will create 4,000 jobs and annually generate $160 million to $240 million to be invested in Maryland transportation projects.