Ready Report April 25th, 2017
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and Spring Break. Things have significantly slowed down in Annapolis compared to the hectic environment that Session was. Right now the Governor is deciding which bills to sign into law and which to veto. The Carroll Delegation was able to pass several that will specifically help the county. Below you can find details about our end of session wrap up, details on legislation that will help Carroll Community College, an endorsement for several candidates in local elections, and some upcoming events.
Carroll Delegation Secures Small Community College Funding
I introduced SB 521 to equalize small community college grant funding. The bill helps Carroll Community and three Eastern Shore community colleges. All seven small community colleges in Maryland have received set amounts of unrestricted grant funding to offset the costs of operating a full service community college in a small jurisdiction since 2003. By statute, 3 of those 7 (all in Western Maryland) were receiving double the amount of the others. This legislation provides the same amount to all seven schools moving forward. It took a lot of negotiation but thanks to a Delegation team effort and Governor Hogan’s support, SB 521 received bipartisan support, passing the Senate 44-0 and the House 135-1. This bill was signed by Governor Hogan into law last week.
Governor Hogan signs Small Community College Funding Bill into Law
Taneytown City Elections:
As a State Senator, I am honored to represent six municipalities in my district. Most of them are facing elections this spring. Taneytown is up first this Monday, May 1st. I typically do not make endorsements in these local, non-partisan races. However, because there are people that I know to be honorable and decent who are being falsely maligned, I'm making an exception. I want to express my strong support for Joe Vigliotti and Diane Foster. I’ve known Joe personally for years. He is a principled conservative who - in just one term as councilman has kept his promise to make government more open and accessible, hold the line on taxes, and, most importantly, reduce water and sewer rates in a fiscally responsible, practical way. I’ve also worked with Diane for several years on state and local issues. Diane is a pillar of the community, not just in Taneytown but also in our county serving in a variety of capacities. Her common sense, pro-business approach has helped pave the way for new and expanded job growth and economic development in Taneytown. Some people talk about conservative reform, Joe Vigliotti and Diane Foster get things done. Respectfully, I would ask Taneytown residents to support them both on May 1st (there are three council seats up for election). Voting takes place at the Taneytown Police Station from 7 AM to 7 PM.
ICYMI: End of Session Letter 2017
While there were some bad bills that we dealt with and some that got through, I will say that this was a very productive and successful Session for Carroll County. As a delegation, we worked with Governor Hogan to secure address some long-standing issues that our county has faced, including education funding for K-12 and inequity in grant funding for our community college. Very importantly, we were also able to stop implementation of many bad bills being pushed by the majority party, including the Sanctuary State Bill. To read my detailed breakdown of the 2017 Session please click on the picture below.
Senator Ready speaking at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Wrap-Up Lunch last week.
Third Annual Drug Overdose and Prevention Vigil
On Tuesday, May 23rd, 8 Time Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry will be sharing his story of addiction and recovery at the Portico at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster. Doors will open at 6:30p and be followed by a reception. I would like to thank State’s Attorney DeLeonardo for his effort and commitment to helping those who struggle with addiction.
Governor Hogan Fundraiser in Westminster
On Thursday, May 11th , Governor Hogan will be spending time in Carroll County as the State Capital shifts to Westminster for the day. At the end of the day Governor Hogan will be honored at a Reception at the Roops Mill Inn in Westminster from 6-8pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.LarryHogan.com/JR17. I hope to see you there!
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 also 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.
Sen. Justin Ready
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