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I hope you and your family had a great weekend. It is wonderful to see much nicer weather finally here. Below is an update on several issues happening both at the national, state and local level that could impact all of us directly.

Supreme Court to Hear Right to Carry

Big news for those who have been concerned about 2nd Amendment restrictions in states like Maryland. This case is in New York but would deal with whether self-defense should considered a good and substantial reason for concealed carry permits - which I’ve consistently supported in the Maryland Senate. The right of a law-abiding citizen to defend yourself, your family and your property is one of the most basic, essential freedoms but our state only allows concealed carry in very limited circumstances. We will see what happens with this case.

Biden’s Plan to Tax and Spend

When Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress last week, he outlined a $2 Trillion spending plan that features the Green New Deal, "free" college, $15/hour minimum wage, a massive infrastructure plan - with only about 10% going to...actual infrastructure, a new government-run power grid, and so much more. Missing from Biden’s plan are two major crises facing our nation today; the violent crime-public safety-policing challenges facing our urban cities like Baltimore, and the chaotic overflow of illegal immigration at the U.S. Southern border. 

Our economy is growing at record levels, which will spur job creation and ultimately reverse the unemployment created by the global pandemic. Our federal government does not need to pump trillions of more tax dollars into the economy that will ultimately have to be paid back by our kids and grandkids.  

Watch Senator Tim Scott’s (R) outstanding response to President Biden’s speech.

2021 End of Session Letter

I put together a recap of the 2021 Legislative Session highlighting the 2022 FY Budget, Victories from the Session, bad news, and other information.  You can read the full letter on my website, here.

Carroll County Proposed FY 2022 Budget Released

This past week, the Department of Management and Budget met with the Board of County Commissioners to release the FY22 Proposed Budget and the FY 22-27 Operating and Community Investment Plans to the public. The commissioners emphasized that Carroll County’s property tax rate did not increase to balance the proposed budget. The board also discussed the exceptional challenges of COVID-19 during the last 14 months and their satisfaction with delivering a proposed budget in their usual transparent manner.  Budget information is available on the county’s budget website. The FY22 budget adoption is planned for Tuesday, May 25th at 1:00 pm.

Carroll County: Public Input Needed on Transportation Master Plan

The Department of Planning seeks public input on the county’s first Transportation Master Plan and asks residents to complete a new online survey.  The new survey, announced at the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on April 20, 2021, is available on the department’s webpage for public comment until June 1, 2021. Residents and workers are encouraged to share their thoughts on a number of transportation-related questions and survey responses will help steer the direction of the upcoming Transportation Master Plan.

If you have any questions or concerns, my personal email is [email protected]. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.