It’s been an extremely busy week and we near the end of the 2016 Session. Below I’ve included some thoughts on legislation, local events and my weekly video.
Partisan Transportation Bill
Yesterday, over my vigorous objection, the Senate passed House Bill 1013, a power grab which would restrict the powers of the Governor to make road funding choices with input of local jurisdictions. This fundamental shift in how transportation decisions are made is being led by the same Annapolis establishment that caused eight years of neglect and siphoning of transportation fund
This morning, Governor Hogan vetoed the bill. The General Assembly's interference over 40 years of precedent could halt or at least hinder all of the Governor's road and bridge improvements in nearly every county in the state and prioritize special interests manipulating to get more mass transit built. The bill was pushed through the Senate to reach the Governor’s desk by April 1, which forced him to act on the legislation, giving the Democrats time to try to override the veto before the 2016 Session ends. Obviously, I’ll be fighting to sustain Governor Hogan’s veto.
Details From Hogan’s FY2017 Budget – Finalized This Week:
Efforts to Restore the Bay
Fiscal Year 2017 will be the first time in over a decade where the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund will not be raided. Past administrations took roughly 65 percent of money originally collected from taxpayers for bay restoration to pay for the State of Maryland’s ballooning budget. Governor Hogan has continued to keep spending in check while funding items that important to all Marylanders.
Health and Substance Abuse Funding
Governor Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget aggressively addresses pressing matters of health and substance abuse, offering aid and care to some of Maryland’s most vulnerable individuals. Governor Hogan is committed to providing quality, accessible health care options to Marylanders, providing for needs of individuals with disabilities, tackling substance abuse and addiction, and providing greater access to hospitals and healthcare centers. Highlights include:
-Funding for Maryland’s Medicaid Program, providing basic health care coverage for more than 1.2 million Marylanders..
-Over $1 Billion invested in providing for the needs of individuals with disabilities.
-$4.8 million in additional funding to implement the recommendations of Maryland’s Opioid and Heroin Emergency Task Force.
Leadership Carroll is now accepting applications for the Class of 2017. Leadership Carroll is cosponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Community College. Since its debut in 1990, Leadership Carroll has been the premier leadership development program in Carroll County. For more information about the program or to apply, click here.
Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast
Please join the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 19 at 8:00 a.m. for a report on the 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly. The breakfast will be held at the Zigler Hospitality Center, New Windsor Brethren Center, 500 Main Street, New Windsor. Cost is $12 per person, please register by April 12th.
Upcoming Events in Carroll County
Through April 6: 9th Annual PEEPshow. Carroll County Agriculture Center, Westminster, 8am-3pm.
April 28: Drug and Violence Awareness Expo, Carroll Ag Center, 10am-8pm. Free Admission.
April 29: 47th Annual Flower and Plant Market, Union Mills Homestead, Westminster, 11am-4pm.
April 30: School of the Soldier. Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, 9am-4pm. Open to boys and girls ages 10 to 13. Pre-registration required by April 15. $25
May 7&8: Reenactment: The Battle of Big Bethel. Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster.
Keeping you informed is a responsibility that I take seriously and always appreciate your interest and feedback on my updates. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you have.
Senator Justin Ready