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.
Partisan Transportation Spending
Governor Hogan’s budget addresses fixing the eight years of neglect and siphoning of transportation funds. Now the same Annapolis establishment that caused these problems want to take away transportation projects. The General Assembly's attempt to interfere with the executive branch could halt all of the Governor's road and bridge improvements in nearly every county in the state. Their proposal if it were law right now, would give ALL transportation funding to just two jurisdictions (only 28% of the state's population) leaving our roads and bridges in 22 counties in total disrepair. Their interest is in partisan gain, not the best interest of Marylanders.
Maryland Business for Responsive Government
I was honored to be recognized by the Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), a statewide non-profit and nonpartisan political research organization that ranks legislators each year on their pro-business voting record in the 2015 General Assembly Session. Click here to see the press release with more details.
Some Facts About Paid Sick Leave
Senate Bill 472 proposes mandating paid sick leave for employees of any small business in the state. While seeming nice, this bill would have a damaging fiscal impact on small businesses and their employees. It’s already hard enough to start and sustain a small business in this state. This bill willforce these businesses to offset labor costs by lowering wages, eliminating other benefit programs, and in a lot of cases, reduce their workforce. I’m opposed and hope we can defeat this again this year.
The deadline to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship is March 31st. To be eligible for a Senatorial Scholarship, you must attend a Maryland college or university, a private career school, or a school out of state that offers a “unique major” not currently found in the Maryland University System. Students may use the Senatorial Scholarship towards undergraduate studies or graduate studies, and may attend full or part-time. For more information or to obtain a scholarship application for please contact Emily Van Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events in Carroll County
- March 6: Maple Sugarin’ Festival, Hashawha/Bear Branch Nature Center, Westminster, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
- March 12: Westminster Downtown Irish Celebration: Celtic Canter 9 am-2pm, Leprechaun Chase 9:30 am, Irish Celebration 10am-2pm along Historic Main Street.
- March 12 & 13: Taneytown VFD Annual Toy Auction & Toy Show, VFC Carnival Grounds, 2pm auction Saturday, 9am-2pm show Sunday.
March 18, 19 & 20: Dave In Color: Taneytown for the Arts Inaugural Art Exhibition, Vintage Colors Art Studio, 1 Frederick Street, Taneytown.
- March 18, 12pm-9pm: Meet the Artist Reception
- March 19, 10am-8pm: Meet the Artist Reception
- March 20, 11am-4pm: Meet the Artist Reception
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.