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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…

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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