Annapolis, Md. – Gubernatorial candidate Ron George has released the following statement regarding Beretta’s new Tennessee manufacturing factory:
“The news of Beretta opening their first manufacturing factory outside of Maryland is a tragic continuation of the O’Malley/Brown administration’s record of pushing private jobs out of Maryland. The hostile environment O’Malley and Brown created has made it impossible for companies like Beretta, who have paid Maryland taxes and provided hundreds of jobs for nearly 30 years, to stay in a state they do not feel welcome. The 300 jobs lost to our Governor’s arrogance would have been mainly entry and mid-level jobs for those suffering the most from the recession.
“O’Malley’s disregard for new manufacturing businesses and 2nd Amendment rights played a huge part in Beretta’s decision to expand their business elsewhere. The Tax Foundation noted Maryland has the heaviest tax burden on new manufacturing in the nation making us a place manufacturers do not feel welcome.”