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Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 27, 2017

Posted by Matt on January 27, 2017  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 27, 2017

Friends,

It’s been another busy week in Annapolis as my committee, Appropriations, began the hard work of crafting a budget that is both fiscally and socially responsible. As The Baltimore Sun has noted, the budget bill submitted by the Governor is disproportionately balanced at the expense of Baltimore City and public education. Among the programs cut or eliminated by the Governor that impact Baltimore are:

  • grants to keep branch libraries open later;
  • funding to keep school buildings open later and offer greater enrichment opportunities for students;
  • a $9m cut to the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative which provides flexible funding to implement neighborhood revitalization strategies;
  • grants to recruit and retain top-quality teachers;
  • and a $42 million reduction in state education aid to the city.

In the weeks and months ahead the legislature will need to make tough decisions to meet our constitutional mandate to pass a balanced budget and our moral mandate to pass a budget that serves all Marylanders.

Looming over all of the work being done this session is uncertainty over what impact the new Trump administration’s actions will have on Maryland families. Like many of you, I’ve been deeply troubled by what I’ve seen early on. One of the top agenda items that has the potential to be absolutely devastating to Maryland would be the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. There are 433,872 Marylanders who have access to health care thanks to the ACA, and they live all over our state – in urban, rural, and suburban communities. Repeal of the ACA without a replacement would be devastating to Baltimore City, but also to the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland where ACA enrollment is highest.

On a more hopeful note, I was excited to see so many friends from the 43rd district and across Maryland attend the Women’s March in Washington, DC last weekend. There was tremendous energy and enthusiasm that got me energized for the many fights ahead. I was further heartened when I had the chance to speak to the 2017 class of Emerge Maryland during their visit to the legislature this week. These smart, capable, and dedicated women are fired up and ready to make a difference!

In upcoming weeks I’ll have more detailed looks at areas of the budget important to the 43rd District and updates on legislation I am sponsoring during the 2017 session. Below, you’ll find information on how to access legislative information of interest to you and about my 2017-18 legislative scholarships.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Maggie

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