Archive for February, 2015

Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 27, 2015

Posted by Matt on February 27, 2015  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 27, 2015

Friends,

I hope you have weathered the snow last weekend and this week. Just remember – spring is right around the corner!

Education Update:

This week, a number of education bills were heard in the Ways & Means Committee and Baltimore City teachers and parents showed up in force to testify. Yesterday, the committee heard over 5 hours of testimony on Governor Hogan’s charter school bill, HB 486. I’m not an opponent of charter schools – Baltimore City already has 31 charters with four more set to come online soon – but have serious concerns with the Governor’s approach. As proposed, the Governor’s charter bill weakens collective bargaining, drains resources from our public schools, and hits Baltimore City disproportionately hard in terms of implementation costs. All told, if enacted this bill could take $69 million out of Baltimore City’s public classrooms. Continue Reading…

REMINDER: Baltimore City Night In Annapolis TONIGHT

Posted by Matt on February 23, 2015  |   Comments Off on REMINDER: Baltimore City Night In Annapolis TONIGHT

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Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 20, 2015

Posted by Matt on February 20, 2015  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 20, 2015

Friends,

I hope you’re staying warm this weekend and are prepared for tomorrow’s expected snow. Here is what is happening in Annapolis and around Baltimore:

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Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 7, 2015

Posted by Matt on February 7, 2015  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 7, 2015

Friends,

It was a busy week in Annapolis as I chaired my first bill hearings with the Appropriations committee, we started working through proposed budgets for our state agencies, and Governor Hogan delivered his first state of the state address. I was disappointed in the governor’s speech, which seemed directly at odds with his many calls for bipartisanship. However, I remain hopeful that his administration and the legislature can work together moving forward and find solutions to our state’s most pressing problems.

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