Posted by Matt on April 18, 2017 |
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The 2017 legislative session was an eventful one, and saw many critical pieces of legislation advance. The session opened with great uncertainty with the State facing a major budget shortfall, the incoming Trump administration threatening actions that would disproportionately hurt Marylanders, and the Baltimore City public schools facing a $130 million structural deficit. It closed with the legislature having nearly eliminated Maryland’s structural deficit, passing a balanced budget, passing legislation to take on President Trump, and committing millions in new funding to help fix the BCPS funding gap.
The House considered over 1600 bills during the 2017 session, and below you’ll find synopses of some of the most noteworthy. I look forward to catching up with you around the 43rd District, and also want to invite you to Senator Conway’s 43rd District End of Session Meeting on Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Student Center at Morgan State University.
Posted by Matt on April 11, 2017 |
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As the clock strikes midnight, the Maryland General Assembly adjourns sine die and the 2017 session comes to a close. It was an eventful session and one that saw many critical pieces of legislation advance. The session began with great uncertainty as to what the incoming Trump administration would mean for Maryland and ends with the legislature taken a number of concrete steps to protect the citizens of our state from some of the president’s most damaging policies. Below, you’ll find synopses of many of the most important actions the legislature took this session.
I am excited to be back in Baltimore and to reconnect with friends and constituents. My 43rd District colleagues and I will be making the rounds through our communities and look forward to hearing your thoughts and concerns directly. As always, if you have questions about legislative or constituent matters that my staff and I can assist with, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, thank you for your continued confidence and support.
Posted by Matt on March 30, 2017 |
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Yesterday the House of Delegates completed work on the Capital Budget Bill. I wanted to speak a little more about the Capital Budget as a whole and share with you some of the highlights for Baltimore City.
The capital budget funds building, construction, demolition, planning, renovation, conversion, replacement, and capital equipment for State facilities such as parks, hospitals, and public higher education institutions. Additionally, it funds local projects in every Maryland county ranging from public schools to community health centers. This year’s capital budget authorizes a total of $1.09 billion in investments.
In late February, all three major rating agencies once again affirmed the State’s “Triple A” bond rating. Maryland has the distinction of being 1 of 10 states in the country to maintain such a rating. Our strong bond rating allows Maryland to make capital investments at a lower cost to taxpayers. Continue Reading…
Posted by Matt on March 28, 2017 |
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Today, the House and Senate completed work on Maryland’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget. I wanted to give you a quick update on some of the highlights and what they mean for Baltimore City parents, teachers, and kids.
First and foremost, this budget helps to alleviate the structural deficit that would have devastating effects on Baltimore City classrooms. I’ve written previously about the causes that drive the deficit, but one of the biggest components is declining student enrollment over the past two years. The budget includes funding for Baltimore City and other declining enrollment jurisdictions across the state to help alleviate the immediate budget pressures presented by a drop in student enrollment. This aid totals approximately $23.7 million for Baltimore City Public Schools for the coming fiscal year. The budget also transfers excess city bottle tax revenues into the schools, gives the City some measure of relief from ongoing pension obligations, and funds free MTA ridership for eligible Baltimore City students. In all, the City schools receive about $38 million in additional State aid in this budget and a total increase of $60 million from the City and State. Continue Reading…
Posted by Matt on March 16, 2017 |
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Today, the House of Delegates passed the Fiscal Year 2018 operating budget on a vote of 135-6. To borrow the words of former Appropriations chair Pete Rawlings, this budget is fiscally prudent and socially responsible. It is fiscally prudent, resolving the structural deficit this year and leaving more than $137 million in reserve. It also maintains a balance of nearly $1 billion in the Rainy Day Fund. It is also socially responsible, fully funding K-12 education, restoring after-school funding for our poorest students, and investing in health care, especially for the poor and elderly. Continue Reading…