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Ready Report: May 17th, 2016

Dear Friends,   I want to continue to keep you updated on news and events going on both in Carroll County and Annapolis. This update contains information on Governor Hogan’s recently announced fee reductions and eliminations, announcement of a Maryland government overhaul, an upcoming life insurance town hall forum, a Route 32 planning study workshop, events in our area and...

Ready Report: May 9, 2016

I want to continue to keep you updated on news and events going on both in Carroll County and Annapolis. This update contains information on an upcoming life insurance town hall forum, a Route 32 survey, events in our area and a traffic alert.  Life Insurance Town Hall Forum Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. will be conducting...

Ready Report: April 29, 2016

It’s been a busy political week in the state of Maryland. Following the end of the 2016 session, the 834 bills that passed both houses have now been sent to Governor Hogan for his approval.  The Governor has had three bill signings, with two more scheduled for May 10th and 19th.  For a list of bill signings, click here....

Ready Report: April 22, 2016

The 2016 Legislative Session has ended.  There were 2,817 bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly this year. Of those, 834 bills passed both houses and have now been sent to the Governor for his approval.  I want to continue to keep you updated on news and events going on both in Carroll County and Annapolis. This update contains information...

General Assembly session productive for County, State

The 2016 General Assembly Session came to a close at midnight Monday. It is an honor to serve in the state Senate. My goal is to keep you informed and be your voice in Annapolis. There is always a wide variety of legislation and activity during the 90-day session. Gov. Larry Hogan has completely changed the conversation...

Carroll County Delegation Concludes Very Successful 2016 Session

Governor Hogan and Carroll Delegation Secure Significant Help for School System At midnight Monday, the 2016 General Assembly Session came to a close. It was a resounding success for taxpayers and businesses throughout Maryland but Carroll County government and, in particular, the school system will receive a tremendous financial boost thanks to the support of Governor...

Senator Ready End of Session Wrap-Up

April 12, 2016 Dear Constituent: The 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session came to a close at midnight Monday. With so much going on in Annapolis, this letter attempts to summarize the major issues that we dealt with during the last 90 days.  It is an honor to serve as your Senator. My goal is to keep you informed and...

Ready Report: April 1, 2016

  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...

Szeliga deserves support in Senate race

On April 26th, Maryland will hold its primary election. While a lot of attention is rightly paid to the presidential race, Maryland Republicans will also be voting for nominees for U.S. Senate to replace the retiring Barbara Mikulski. I'm writing to express my strong support for Kathy Szeliga (pronounced Sha-lay-ga) for US Senate. I've known Kathy for over a decade....

Ready Report: March 25, 2016

From my family to yours, I want to wish you a happy and restful Easter weekend.  The celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus holds deep meaning for me. I am looking forward to church activities and spending time with family.  I hope that you and your family enjoy this weekend together. Below I’ve included some thoughts information about local events...

Senator Ready Proud to Vote for Tax Relief for Every Taxpayer

On Monday, the Maryland Senate voted 37-8 to pass a tax relief package that will save Marylanders $100 million a year when fully implemented.  “This is an earth-shattering change in philosophy in Annapolis – actually having people keep more of their money; to helping working families and small businesses,” said Senator Ready (R-Carroll). “Fundamental tax relief is...

Ready Report: March 21, 2016

Today, is what’s known as “Crossover” day. By the end of tonight’s session, each chamber must send to the other chamber the bills it has passed for them to be able to go through the normal legislative process in the other house. Bills that have not crossed over by tonight are much less likely be passed this legislative...

Weekly Address (3/11/16)

This week's session video follows up on last week’s video on transportation funding -- check it out here!

Ready Report March 12, 2016

Dear Friends, We are in the thick of the 2016 Session right now.  Below I’ve included some thoughts on activity in the General Assembly and information about local events.  My session weekly video follows up on last week’s video on transportation funding and can be seen here.

Program Open Space Funds Approved for Westminster Veterans Memorial Park Project

On Wednesday the State Board of Public Works approved $1,550,000 in Program Open Space funding for the Westminster Veterans Memorial Park.  “I am thankful that Board of Public Works has approved this important funding. This grant will be used to design and engineer this beautiful 32 acre park that honors Carroll County’s veterans and fallen heroes,” said Sen. Ready Justin...

Letter: Committed to Supporting Police

We are just past the halfway point for the General Assembly session in Annapolis. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve Carroll County in the State Senate. A big part of the responsibility of senators and delegates is voting on and working on legislation spanning a whole host of issues. This year, we have well over 3,000 bills that have...

Ready Report: March 4, 2016

We have now passed the halfway point in Session.  Below I’ve included some thoughts on activity in the General Assembly and information about local events.  My session weekly video update addresses Governor Hogan’s transportation budget and can be seen here.

Senator Ready Awarded for Pro-Business Voting Record

  The Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), a statewide non-profit and nonpartisan political research organization with their publication Roll Call (their scorecard for legislators’ voting record on business issues), has for the fifth year in a row, scored Senator Justin Ready (R- 5) as a John Shaw Award recipient. The score relates to Senator Ready’s...

Weekly Update February 26

  Dear Friends,   We are wrapping up the 7th week of session.  Below I’ve included some thoughts on activity in the General Assembly and information about local events.  My session weekly update video can be seen here.   Update on Attempted Power Grab Last week I reported on the Democrats attempt to wrest control of executive appointment decisions...

Session Weekly Update February 19

Dear Friends, We are wrapping up the 6th week of session.  Below are some thoughts on activity in the General Assembly.  To give you a broad idea of what we do in 90 days, to date there have been over 1,000 bills filed in the Senate and over 1,500 filed in the House of Delegates.

Weekly Update February 14

Dear Friends,   We are wrapping up the 5th week of session.  Below are a few pieces of legislation that you may find of interest as well as other issues being discussed in the Maryland General Assembly.  After 10 years of working in session in different capacities, I am still amazed at the quality of my colleagues and the work...

Senator Justin Ready to receive Award for Conservative Achievement from American Conservative Union

Washington, DC – On Monday, the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) announced that Senator Justin Ready will receive their Award for Conservative Achievement for voting in line with the ideals articulated in the US Constitution.  “I am honored to be able to stand up for Constitutional principles.  Maryland has long needed a return to fiscal responsibility and conservative values –...

Senatorial Scholarship Application

Are you interested in applying for a Maryland Senatorial Scholarship? Take the following steps to ensure a succesful application: To be eligible for a Senatorial Scholarship, you must attend a Maryland college or university or a private career school. You may also attend an out of state university and be eligible for a scholarship if the major you are perusing is...

Hogan State of the State: Senator Justin Ready applauds Common Sense Approach

Annapolis – At noon today Governor Larry Hogan delivered his State of the State address to the Maryland General Assembly. “I am thrilled at the progress Governor Hogan has made in one year – our economy has turned around despite the damage done by the previous administration.  Our economy is growing, we’re adding to infrastructure, cutting taxes, Marylanders have reason...

Senator Ready Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax

Annapolis: This week, Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll) introduced Senate Bill 196, a renewed effort to prohibit the state from mandatory mileage tracking devices on private vehicles for the purposes of taxation. “The government has no business monitoring the mileage of private, law-abiding citizens or their driving habits without permission. The idea of a driving tax is very troubling, particularly for...

Letter: Reducing spending to avoid unsustainable debt

As we recently passed the one-year anniversary of Gov. Hogan's inauguration, I thought it was very timely that the Carroll County Times covered his proposals to reduce or eliminate some fees and make modest tax reductions, as well as the predictably negative reaction from the Annapolis establishment. Maryland's political status quo skews to the left. While there are well-intentioned people...

Ready OpEd: Reducing Spending to Avoid Unsustainable Debt

Appeared January 24th - Carroll County Times: As we recently passed the one-year anniversary of Gov. Hogan's inauguration, I thought it was very timely that the Carroll County Times covered his proposals to reduce or eliminate some fees and make modest tax reductions, as well as the predictably negative reaction from the Annapolis establishment. Maryland's political status quo...

Senator Ready’s Weekly Update from Annapolis

Justin delivers his weekly address from Annapolis.

Letter: Make Maryland 'open for business' Again

The recent Times editorial regarding Gov. Hogan's regulatory reform agenda raised several interesting and timely points. Maryland's high tax reputation has made our state unattractive in the past to businesses, seniors and families. Our county has suffered from this issue acutely, reflected in our declining school enrollments. Gov. Hogan and his efforts to reform state government have touched a nerve...

Weekly Update December 16th

Dear Friends,   In an effort to continue to keep you updated on news and events on issues and events going on in Annapolis and locally in Carroll County, this update contains information about Caleb David Ready, the 2016 legislative session, Carroll County Farm Museum Holiday Tours and the Carroll County Republican Women’s Club Christmas Party,.   Ready Family Addition...