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Ready Report- January 4, 2018

Good afternoon!

I hope you and your family have had a great start to 2018. I'm certainly getting off to a fast start as the Maryland General Assembly 2018 Session begins next week! Throughout the 90-day Session I'll be doing my best to keep you up to date on what's happening and, of course, I want to hear from you about ideas to improve our state. You can always reach me with your thoughts directly at [email protected].


Senator Ready and Local Leaders at the grand opening of Absolute Investigative Services on Court Street in Westminster on December 20th

Reaching our Pre-Session Goal:

As I said above, the 2018 Session begins on January 10th - our campaign is working to raise an additional $1,800 by midnight on January 9th before we have to go dark for the three month session. While opponents do not have any limitation, state legislators (rightly) are not allowed to fundraise during Session. We’ve already had some people give (thank you!) but if you could help us with a contribution of $18 or even $9 or $12 it would be a big boost to our efforts.

Thank you as always for your support! 

Hogan Announces Tax Relief Plan:

As you might have seen in the news before Christmas, Congress passed and President Trump signed the first tax reform plan in over 25 years. 8 out of 10 Americans will
experience tax relief. Job Creators will also receive substantial tax benefits to hire more employees, raise employee wages, and increase economic production. I'm excited about the progress being made but there are a couple of challenges that specifically effect Maryland.

The State and Local Income Tax deduction is capped at $10,000. In a high tax state like Maryland, this could be a detriment to many taxpayers. Governor Hogan - who I've joined in pushing for tax relief for the last three years - wants to provide some solutions.

Before the New Year, Governor Hogan announced the following:

“Our administration will submit legislation that will protect our taxpayers, and which will mitigate negative impacts of these changes to state taxes. Our goal will be to leave that money in the pockets of hardworking Marylanders. I am confident that our partners in the
General Assembly who have expressed concern over the impact of this tax reform bill will support us unanimously in protecting Marylanders who could be negatively affected.”

Tax Relief should be a bipartisan issue but for too long, the Democrat establishment in Annapolis has treated taxpayers like a personal piggy-bank. Governor Hogan has changed that dynamic. I applaud the Governor for acting to protect taxpayers.

Major Regulatory Reform Being Achieved in Maryland for Third Straight Year:

The Regulatory Reform Commission, established by Governor Hogan was tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of Maryland’s regulatory
climate. The group identified over 600 individual regulations to be streamlined or eliminated. In response, Governor Hogan announced that the administration will implement all 657 recommendations.

The elimination of these burdensome regulations will help free up Marylanders and job creators from overreaching Government. Regulatory Reform is an issue I have long been a supporter of, and this action by the Governor will make an immediate difference in government efficiency and in the daily lives of people - particularly hard-working entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

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 - and follow me on Twitter - and Instagram
- It’s a great way to stay informed and 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.


Senator Justin Ready