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Ready Report, January 26, 2017

We’ve had a busy start to the 2017 session.  There is a lot of activity around Governor Hogan’s proposed FY2018 Budget and spending reform.  Below, please find information about redistricting reform, Governor Hogan’s proposed 2018 budget, and our District 5 Night in Annapolis.

Weekly Video Update: Redistricting Reform

One of Governor Larry Hogan’s top legislative priorities is to reform redistricting in Maryland. Maryland has the worst gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. The Maryland General Assembly needs to get serious about fixing this issue.  My weekly update gives details on this. To watch, click here.

Governor Larry Hogan Holds the Line on Spending

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan announced his FY 2018 budget which holds the line on spending without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding special funds.  The budget leaves $1 billion in reserves and continues – for the third straight year – to fund K-12 education at an all-time record level. This budget is 100 percent structurally balanced and leaves a fund balance of $144 million. It does not raise taxes.  After years of deficit spending and tax increases, Governor Hogan is also proposing the Common Sense Spending Act of 2017 which would limit the growth of mandated spending increases in Maryland law, necessary for the future fiscal strength of the state. I will have more specific details about the Governor’s proposed budget and spending reform next week.

An Evening in Annapolis with District 5

You are cordially invited to join us from 5:30 to 7:30 on Monday, February 20th, 2017. The event will be held in the Maryland House of Delegates, 6 Bladen Street, Room 180, Annapolis, Maryland.  Please plan to stay to observe either the House of Delegates and/or the Senate which begins at 8 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and this is a free event.  Please bring a photo ID

If you plan to attend, would you please rsvp to justin.ready@senate.state.md.us or 410-8410-3683.