MH&LA Update – September 30, 2014

LAST CALL FOR THE GOLF AND FISHING OUTING Both events are on Monday October 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge. For more details on registration options, a limited number of remaining sponsorship opportunities and special discounts on pre event rounds of golf click here. BILLS TO ADDRESS HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROPOSED IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY One of the County Council bills would ban hourly rentals of hotel rooms and the other would require hoteliers to provide training to their employees on how to identify human trafficking activities and victims. A public hearing date on both proposals has not yet been set. STYROFOAM FOOD SERVICE PRODUCTS BAN PROPOSED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY The County Council bill would not only ban such items as Styrofoam plates, cups, and containers; it also would require such products to be made from compostable or recyclable materials. If approved, the ban would take effect January 1, 2016. A public hearing date on the proposal has not yet been set. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS/THANK YOU RENEWING MEMBERS New Members -- Radisson Hotel Largo/Washington DC, Fisher Architecture LLC, BMS CAT Renewing Members -- Hyatt Place Baltimore BWI, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Vandiver Inn, Hampton Inn Columbia - South and Maryland Live! STATE PROJECTS TAX REVENUE TO BE DOWN BY $405 MILLION OVER TWO FISCAL YEARS State officials say the lowered revenue projections are the result of slower than expected job growth (see next article), stagnant incomes and a weak housing market. State officials also say the net result will not be spending cuts as the new projections can be covered by surplus funds and previous spending cuts. MIXED SIGNALS ON JOBS AND THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) now reports Maryland lost 11,500 jobs in July, 2,500 more than they reported previously. For August, DLLR is reporting only 600 jobs added. The August unemployment rate was 6.4%, up from 6.1% in July, but down from 6.6% in August 2013.

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