By Mike O’Halloran
With each campaign season comes considerable promises to the small business community. Politicians show up at Mom and Pop stores for photo ops, take walks down Main Street and espouse dedication to empowering entrepreneurs by deregulating and creating pro-growth environments.
When Larry Hogan was on the campaign trail, he often cited the fact that as a small business owner, he understood better than any other candidate how difficult it was to remain operational in a state that never seemed to fail in punishing employers with ill-advised policies.
The more that he articulated his vision for a brighter future for Maryland, the more voters liked him. There was less rhetoric and more conviction in a candidate seeking to become Governor. The electorate agreed with his message of making “Maryland Open for Business.”