Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 20, 2018

Posted by Matt on January 19, 2018  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 20, 2018

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy first full week in Annapolis as hearings have convened in the Appropriations Committee, and we begin the work of crafting the 2019 State Budget. In the coming weeks I will be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass a balanced budget that is fiscally prudent and socially responsible. The Budget Bill was submitted by the Governor as required on Wednesday, and as we go through his proposals I will strive to vigorously protect Baltimore and work to ensure that other priorities do not come at the expense of our city’s urgent education, safety, community and economic revitalization needs.

Meanwhile, we are all well aware that the actions of the administration and Congress in Washington continue to cast uncertainty over our work here in Maryland. The fallout from the new tax bill is no exception; therefore I was proud to stand with Speaker Mike Busch and the rest of my Democratic colleagues this week to announce legislation to protect our Maryland citizens from harm caused by the new federal plan. Our measures will protect 92% of Marylanders from federal tax increases, prevent new tax breaks for the ultra-wealthy 1%, and create new charitable contributions for public education.

Happily, I did have the chance to submit my first bill of the Session this week. We are living through a period of dynamic cultural change in terms of gender parity and recognition of powerful statistical evidence that the presence of a critical mass of women changes, and improves, any workplace. I’ve introduced a resolution entitled Increasing Maryland Competitiveness Through Gender Diversity in Boardrooms which will encourage all nonprofit and business organizations in Maryland to make a commitment to gender diversity on their boards of directors and senior management positions. The resolution also urges nonprofits and privately held companies to achieve 30% of women directors by 2021, while working toward a goal of equal representation.

In upcoming weeks I’ll have further updates, more analysis of the proposed budget bill, and information on legislation I am sponsoring this Session. In the meantime, here are two important notices:

  • Please mark your calendars now for the 43rd Legislative District Night in Annapolis on March 20, 2108 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West.  Buses will be leaving from Morgan State University at 4 p.m. that afternoon. Please call (410) 841-3145 to reserve your seat. I look forward to seeing you here in Annapolis!
  • The application for my Legislative Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year is now available at To be eligible for a Delegate Scholarship, a student must plan to attend a Maryland college or university, or a nursing school or private career school. (Private career schools must have the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s approval to operate and be accredited by a national accrediting association approved by the US. Department of Education.) Students may attend full or part-time.  Interested students must complete a FAFSA by March 1, 2016 and all applications must be returned by June 1, 2018 for consideration. Questions may be directed to my Annapolis office at (410) 841-3407.

Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy what promises to be two balmy 50 degree days!