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2023 Interim Newsletter


Susquehanna Workforce Network

Susquehanna Workforce Network (SWN) received a $150,000 grant as part of the statewide EARN (Employment Advancement Right Now) program. SWN is a nonprofit directed by a board that oversees, coordinates, and plans workforce development programs and services for businesses and individuals in Harford and Cecil Counties. These funds will be used to provide training to individuals in information technology beginning this summer. If you or anyone you may know wants to learn more, click here.


Well-Paying Job Openings

MDOT’s Transit Administration has launched an aggressive recruitment campaign to hire bus operators and has increased bus and rail operator wages in response to the tight labor market challenging transit agencies nationwide.

The agency reached an agreement with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 to decrease the amount of time it takes for bus and rail operators to achieve higher pay rates and ultimately advance to the top rate for their job. The new structure took effect on May 21st. The agreement includes a nearly 10% increase in the starting wage for all newly hired bus and rail operators. Bus operator wages will increase from $22.62 to $24.84 and rail operator wages will increase from $24.62 to $26.84; both positions also come with great benefits. The new structure also means operators will earn the top rate after only three years with the agency.

The Maryland Transit Administration also has added 100 new management positions to assist overall operations and service delivery, and 100 additional operator positions to accommodate increased service once the agency is fully staffed.

If you or anyone you know is interested in applying or learning more about this employment opportunity, please visit


Harford Retirement Planners

My legislative aide, David Propert, had the pleasure of congratulating Joe Conroy and Harford Retirement Planners on the grand opening of their new office in Bel Air. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was very well-attended and showcased how impactful small businesses are to our local economy. We wish them all the best as they begin to provide financial planning services to our residents.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact my office at 410-841-3158 or


Mary-Dulany James

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