Archive for March, 2015

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 27, 2015

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

Friends,

Happy Friday! If you hadn’t seen, earlier this week the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2016 budget bill on a bi-partisan unanimous vote. While there are minor differences between the House and Senate budgets that we will work out in the week ahead, both budgets share a commitment to education, our state workers, and preserving the social safety net that our most vulnerable citizens rely on. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: The House Budget

Posted by Matt on March 20, 2015  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: The House Budget

Friends,

Last night, the House of Delegates gave final approval to Maryland’s 2016 Operating Budget and the BRFA with overwhelming bi-partisan support. Both bills are necessary for Maryland to have a balanced budget. The House budget will now be taken up by the Senate, before going on to the Governor’s desk.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I am proud of the hard work done by the Appropriations Committee to protect our commitments to students, middle-class families, the elderly, and the disabled while bringing Maryland’s structural deficit under control. As former chairman Pete Rawlings would say, this budget is fiscally prudent and socially responsible. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 13, 2015

Posted by Matt on March 13, 2015  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 13, 2015

Friends,

Today, I presided over the Appropriations Committee’s votes on HB 70 and HB 72, The Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Bill and Budget Reconciliation & Financing Act of 2015, respectively. Together, these bills determine where state funds will be spent and determine the formulas and procedures that mandate state spending on education, health, and more. I am proud of the work the committee has done and look forward to more debate as we take both bills to the House floor next week. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: March 7, 2015

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

Friends,

The big news this week – aside from the snow – was the news that Barbara Mikulski will not be seeking re-election when her term ends in 2016. While the speculation has already begun to swirl about who may run for her seat, we ought to take a minute to remember all the great things Senator Barb has done – and will continue to do – for Maryland.

Barbara_Mikulski_official_portrait_c._2011Many Baltimoreans can hardly remember a time Barbara Mikulski wasn’t on their ballot, and I’m no exception. I had the honor of working for Senator Barb from 1988 until 1992 as both her State Director and Campaign Manager. The 1992 elections were hailed by the national media as the “Year of the Woman”, with four new women joining the Senate. Some of my favorite memories are from that year travelling with the Senator to campaign for women across the country. She has always supported and mentored fellow women who’ve run for political office – including myself – and today she is the longest-serving of 20 female United States Senators.

Senator Barb’s retirement is well-earned and I can’t wait to see what great things she’ll continue to do as a leader for Maryland and for the country. I’m honored to have worked for her, be represented by her, and to call her my friend. Continue Reading…