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 a traffic alert.
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Governor Hogan Announces 155 Fee Reductions and Eliminations
This week, Governor Hogan announced 155 fee reductions and eliminations across state government, saving Maryland businesses and taxpayers over $60 million over the next five years. Through a series of actions in multiple state agencies, the Hogan administration will lower or eliminate 155 fees that are currently imposed on veterans, small businesses, single parents, homeless people, retirees, motorists, and many other groups. “Reducing and eliminating taxes, tolls, and fees not only helps to streamline state government, it has a direct impact on the livelihood of Maryland citizens,” continued Governor Hogan. “This is another step our administration is taking to follow through and do exactly what we said we would do. Our goal is to make it easier to live, work, and retire in our state, and continue to change Maryland for the better.” Complete details on the tax and fee rollback can be found here. A video of Governor Hogan’s announcement can be seen here.
Governor Hogan Creates Office of Transformation and Renewal
Marylanders deserve better-quality services at lower prices. To that end, Governor Hogan announced the appointment of Robert R. Neall as a senior advisor and director of the newly formed Office of Transformation and Renewal. The primary goal of this new agency will be a major review of Maryland government’s executive branch, 70 independent agencies and over 550 boards and commissions. It been 40 years since there has been a comprehensive review of Maryland’s state government structure. We need to eliminate duplicative responsibilities and functions, improve customer service, and make better use of 21st-century technology to deliver services.
Grant to Provide Easement to Monocacy River
Last Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the Board of Public Works approved a request to provide a $271,094 grant to Carroll County from Rural Legacy Funds for the acquisition of a conservation easement in the Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area. The grant will be used to support the acquisition of a 61.13-acre conservation easement on the Leister Property. Acquisition of this easement will protect valuable agricultural and forest lands and provide permanent stream buffers along tributaries to the Monocacy River. The easement will be held by Carroll County.
Life Insurance Town Hall Forum
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. will be conducting a town hall forum to solicit feedback on issues related to the state’s life and health insurance sector. Consumers, business owners, and regulated insurance entities are invited to participate. Some of the topics to be discussed include implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes to employee benefit plans, as well as options with medical stop-loss insurance, and experiences with the Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange. Carolyn Quattrocki, Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, will also be in attendance with Commissioner Redmer.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Scott Theatre – Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd., Westminster, MD
MD 32 Planning Study Public Workshop
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration invites interested persons to attend a Public Workshop for the MD 32 Planning Study, which is located between I-70 in Howard County and MD 26 (Liberty Road) in Carroll County. Public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5pm to 7 pm at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department Legacy Hall, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, Maryland 21784. There will be no formal presentation, you may arrive at any time during workshop hours. For more information, visitwww.roads.maryland.gov, click on Projects, SHA Projects Page, Carroll or Howard County, MD 32 (Sykesville) – I-70 to MD 26.
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.
Westminster Memorial Day Parade
Groups interested in participating in this year’s parade should contact the American Legion Post 31 immediately to be registered. Contact Paul Emmert at 443-745-1948 or Skip Amass firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-259-0871. Information is also available at www.carrollpost31.org.
Upcoming Events in Carroll County
Westminster Ringers, Inc. Spring Concert, June 4, 2016, 7:30 pm, Carroll Community College, Westminster.
Deer Creek 45th Annual Fiddlers Convention, June 11, 2016, Carroll County Farm Museum
Traffic Alert for the week of May 16, 2016
Carroll County Department of Public Work advises drivers to allow extra time when traveling through construction work zones.
Mahuron Road Storm Drain Work
Main Road Pipe Crossing Work
Middleburg Road Pipe Crossing Work
(MD 194 to Union Bridge Road)
Miller Drive Storm Drain Work
Monarch Meadows Court Storm Drain Work
Reese Manor Drive Storm Drain Work
Tara Oaks Court Storm Drain Work
Walter Avenue Storm Drain Work
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