Report bolsters support for corporate tax cut in 2014

Lowering the state’s corporate income tax rate might create some short-term pain but result in long-term economic growth, according to a state report released this month. Maryland lawmakers are again considering a reduction to the state’s corporate income tax rate as they prepare for the start of the 2014 General Assembly session in January. (Capital)

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PSC Orders BGE To Reach Out To "Non-Responsive" Customers

BGE will have to do a better job in reaching out to customers who haven't said if they wanted to opt out of the Smart Meter Program. The utility wanted to automatically label 470,000 customers as having opted out, but the PSC rejected that request, in an opinion released Thursday night. The commission ordered the company not to cut off service of any of these non-responsive customers. (WBAL)

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2,393 Marylanders buy health insurance on state exchange

Almost 2,400 Marylanders have bought insurance in the first 17 days that the state's new health care exchange has been open, according to new data released by the Maryland Health Connection. The exchange had a bumpy start, with users experiencing delays and technical troubles. And while officials say the troubles are still being addressed, they say the number of people using the site has ramped up. The total number of enrollees has doubled in the last week. (Balt. Sun)

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When it comes to ranking business climate, it's all in the methodology

It was the commercial heard around Maryland. In September, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry bought ads in Maryland and five other states urging businesses to come to Texas. “When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business, think Texas,” he says in the commercial. “Unfortunately, your governor has made Maryland the tax and fee state, where businesses pay some of the highest taxes in America. That’s a job killer.” (Carroll Co. Times)

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1 E. Pratt goes on the market

Griffith Properties LLC has put the PNC Bank building at 1 E. Pratt St. on the market, making it the third large office building downtown to go up for sale this year. J. Brad Griffith, the principal of Boston-based Griffith Properties, said he decided the time was right to sell the property after investing $15 million in it over the past seven years. Griffith purchased the property from Verizon, which had been the major tenant in the 355,779-square-foot building until it consolidated operations in other area buildings in 2009. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore-based flight attendant leading Southwest contract negotiations

Audrey Stone doesn't hesitate when asked how long current contract negotiations will last between Southwest Airlines and the flight attendants union she leads. "As long as it takes," Stone said on a recent morning in Baltimore — a city she has called home since 2004 despite regular commutes to Dallas, where Southwest is headquartered. Stone, 36, is one of about 1,200 Southwest flight attendants whose home hub is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where Southwest is the largest carrier. (Balt. Sun)

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New Washington County Department Focuses On Business

The new Washington County Department of Business Development, recently created as part of a senior-level reorganization, was established “specifically to indicate that we are here for business,” according to county Administrator Gregory B. Murray. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 8 approved the restructuring plan, which includes the creation of a new director position that will act as the “face” of the county’s business development efforts. (Herald-Mail)

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