He said his plan will help small businesses by lowering their tax burden, improving unemployment insurance and changing the mindset of leaders in state government.
“Job creation is not an election year talking point. It is a governing philosophy, one that has been nonexistent in Annapolis for four years,” Ehrlich said. “As governor, I will start treating small business owners as a source of new jobs, not a source of new tax revenue.”
At Ehrlich’s side during the campaign event was Adam Greenberg, the president of Potomac Pizza. Greenberg launched his small business as an ice cream shop in 1992 with 20 employees. Today, he has four pizza restaurants and 130 employees, but Greenberg said his steady growth has been slowed by the dire economy. So he is taking a step back on growth, stating that he is waiting “for Bob, the man who should be governor.”
Ehrlich used Greenberg’s small business story as an example of the American dream as he detailed his vision for economic recovery in Maryland.
Also at the campaign event was Paula Ross, president of the Kentlands Downtown Partnership (KDP). Ross said the KDP does not endorse any political candidates, but she said she was pleased to see a candidate in a statewide race talking about the economy with Kentlands as the backdrop.