Baltimore County currently has an unemployment rate of 4.6%, which is higher than the national rate and higher than every other suburban jurisdiction around Baltimore. Over 20,000 people are currently without work in Baltimore County. The lack of focus on creating real, good-paying jobs in eastern Baltimore County is a serious problem.
As your Councilman I will:
1. Work to expand the job training being offered by the county and county schools such as our community college network.
2. Provide tax relief that will encourage job growth. As a county with the highest property tax rate of any suburban jurisdiction of Baltimore and the highest personal property tax, we have created an environment where businesses and homeowners find it difficult to call Baltimore County home.
3. Ensure there is a renewed emphasis on providing young people with an education in the skilled trades.
4. Examine the county’s business licensing and regulations to find ways to reduce bureaucracy and red tape so we can get out of the way of small businesses looking to create jobs in the county.