Joint Statement from Local Officials on the Passage of the PORT Act

Crest of the City of Baltimore

Brandon M. Scott
Baltimore City
250 City Hall - Baltimore Maryland 21202
(410) 396-3835 - Fax: (410) 576-9425



BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, April 8, 2024) –Today, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr., Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott, and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued the following statement on the passage of the Maryland Protecting Opportunities and Regional Trade (PORT) Act:

“In the days since the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, we have seen leaders from every level of government, members of the business community, and residents from across Maryland band together to support the families of the victims and work in unparalleled partnership to address the significant economic impacts of this disaster.

We applaud the passage of the bipartisan Maryland PORT Act which will provide much-needed relief for thousands of Maryland’s working families directly impacted by the closure of the Port of Baltimore.

The Port continues to play a critical role in our state’s – and our nation’s – economy. Last year alone, the Port drove approximately $3.3 billion in annual personal income and supported over 150,000 Maryland jobs linked to its operations. We must recognize that the full impact of the Port’s closure on the lives of our neighbors is immeasurable.

We thank the sponsors of this effort – Senate President Ferguson and Senator Salling, and Delegates Clippinger, Edelson, R. Lewis, R. Long, and Metzgar – and the entire General Assembly for their swift action in passing this legislation and we look forward to Governor Moore signing it into law.

We continue to thank the Biden-Harris Administration, the Moore-Miller Administration, and all those who have worked around-the-clock to deploy resources and support our residents amid this unfathomable crisis.

Moving forward, we will continue to do all we can to support efforts to reopen the Port of Baltimore as quickly and safely as possible and ensure that we can get through this challenging moment together.”

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Jr.

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