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Ready Report- January 29, 2018

Good afternoon!

Session 2018 is in full swing. I want to invite you to like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what is going on in Annapolis. You can always reach me with your thoughts directly at SenatorReady@gmail.com

Senator Ready Championing Redistricting Reform with Governor Hogan

Over the three years of the Hogan administration, the Governor has been a strong advocate of good government initiative. The General Assembly passed Governor’s ethics reform legislation last year. One initiative that the Legislature has neglected to enact serious change to is Redistricting Reform. Maryland has the worst gerrymandered Congressional Districts in the country.

Last year, former MD Gov. O’Malley even admitted that he felt that it was his duty to draw the districts in a manner that it would be more likely for a Democrat to win rather than a Republican when he redrew districts in 2010.

For the second year in a row, the Governor has introduced legislation to enact real and genuine bipartisan redistricting reform. The bill would establish a Commission would have the authority to redraw MD Congressional Districts in an ethical and honest manner. I support the Governor’s redistricting initiative. Gerrymandering is a national problem, and Maryland can step up and be a leader on this issue.

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Senator Ready and Delegates Rose and Shoemaker with the Carroll County Teacher of the Year, Dr. Thomas McHugh last week.

Three Carroll County Farms Reach Century Farm Status

This year Governor Hogan designated nine farms with Century Farm status. These are farms that have recently reached 100 years of ownership in the same family. We are lucky to have a strong agrarian tradition in Carroll County. Congratulations to Generation Farm in Westminster, Rocknel Farm in Westminster, and the Devilbliss Farm in Keymar. Thank you for your service to our community.

District Night 2018:

This year we will be hosting our second District Night in Annapolis. Last year we had a great turnout, and Governor Hogan even stopped by for a visit! Please come out on Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The District 5 Delegation will be there to discuss the Session and to enjoy great Carroll County BBQ.  

The event will be in the Miller Senate Office Building, please bring photo ID for security purposes. You can park at Navy Marine Corp Stadium and take the $1 trolley ride to the Capitol.

After dinner, please stay to watch either the Senate or House proceedings from the gallery. To RSVP or receive more information please reach out to my office at 410-841-3683 or Justin.Ready@senate.state.md.us I hope you can make it!

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ICYMI: Senator Ready’s Comments on FY18 Budget

Governor Hogan has put nearly $100,000 of additional funding in his budget proposal for Carroll County Public Schools. The Governor is trying to help school systems struggling with declining enrollments and other problems with the current formula and is supplying some extra help on top of the extensive support he's already worked with our Carroll delegation on.

This is in addition to the formula change that we were able to pass last year that gave Carroll about $5 million in "hold harmless" funding over the next three years (this current year and next two).

This amount is much appreciated, again it is on top of nearly $8 million in additional school funding Governor Hogan has helped us secure over the past two legislative sessions

ICYMI: General Assembly Democrats Override Governor Hogan’s Sick Leave Veto

Last week, the majority party in the legislature was unable to put partisanship aside. The Democrats voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto on the paid sick leave bill regardless of the effect it would have on small businesses. Three Democrats voted with us, but we fell two votes short of stopping this harmful legislation. We fought to defeat the bill, but the majority party was more concerned about defeating Governor Hogan than protecting Maryland job-creators.

Governor Hogan said last week that he will be working on ways to help small businesses handle paid leave. On Friday, the Governor created the Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance, to help Maryland companies understand and implement the new Paid Leave Policy.

If you are a small business owner in need of assistance, please contact at Small.Business@Maryland.gov

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