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Ready Report-  March 27, 2018

Good Afternoon everyone! We are at the two-minute warning of the 2018 General Assembly Session. With only two weeks left to go, a lot of news will be coming from Annapolis. I will do my best to keep you up to date on any developments.

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Senator Ready and Family at the Westminster Celtic Cantor Run

Carroll Delegation Secures Funding for Key Local Projects in State Capital Budget

Last week the Maryland General Assembly voted to enact Governor Hogan’s capital budget to fund State construction projects. Carroll County will receive bond funding this year. The Capital budget is fiscally sound, staying below the spending affordability recommendations.

In addition to money for school facility improvement and law enforcement needs, the Delegation has secured funding for four key local projects. These are the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, the Veterans Independence Project, Gamber Fire Hall construction, and the Westminster Rescue Mission.

Funding granted to the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster will be used to help the group relocate to a larger building on Main Street. The new facility will increase space available by 15,000 square feet and permit the club to increase enrollment by about 75 more students.

The Veterans Independence Project will receive funding to transform the old U.S. Army Reserve Center in Westminster into a homeless shelter for Carroll County Veterans. The old Westminster armory has not been in use for over two decades and will require revitalization to accommodate the plan to build rooms for 20 individual veterans and group rooms for around four families.

The Gamber Fire Hall also received $25,000 to construct a new facility. The Governor also helped ensure that the Westminster Rescue Mission received $250,000 in funding in the capital budget.

I am grateful for the hard work of Delegates Krebs, Rose, and Shoemaker as well as the support of Governor Hogan, to help us secure funding for these important capital projects.

Congressman Andy Harris Visit to Hampstead TOMORROW!

Tomorrow at the Hampstead Fire Hall from 7-8p Congressman Andy Harris will be in the area to conduct a Town Hall meeting. Constituents of Maryland’s First Congressional District are welcome to attend and ask questions or voice concerns about issues in Congress. For more information please contact Jacque Clark at Jacque.Clark@mail.house.gov. I hope you can make it out!

Carroll Community College Workplace Violence Workshop

Carroll Community College will be holding a Workplace Violence Workshop on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 8 am - Noon.  This event is sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County SHRM. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Trish McCarthy at 410-386-8184.

ICYMI: Board of Public Works Provides Grant for Rural Legacy Funds

Earlier in the month the Board of Public Works provide a $287,839 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a conservation easement in the Upper Patapsco Rural Legacy Area.  The grant will be used to support the acquisition of a 60 plus acre conservation easement on the Stocksdale Property. 

Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands and provide buffers to the headwaters of Aspen Run, a tributary to the Patapsco River, and upstream from Liberty Reservoir, a source of potable water to Baltimore City.

Do you Know a College Student?

The 2018-2019 Senatorial Scholarship Application is now open. Please contact Emily Van Horn at 410-596-0037 or email at devanhorn@verizon.net for more information

Connecting With Us:

To stay up to date with the latest goings on in Annapolis and our area, I hope you’ll like my Facebook page –www.Facebook.com/SenatorReady - and follow me on Twitter http://Twitter.com/JustinReady - and Instagram -http://Instagram.com/JustinReady. It’s a great way to stay informed and to get in touch with me when you have concerns.

I consider it a great honor and responsibility to serve you in Annapolis and welcome your thoughts and opinions.  Please feel free to contact me or my staff with any questions, or concerns that you have.

Sincerely,

Sen. Justin Ready
www.JustinReady.com