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We’re now at the half way point in the 2020 Session. This past week, Governor Hogan submitted 124 “Green Bag” appointments (appointments to leadership positions) to Maryland State Senate. Dating back to 17th-century England, the term “Green Bag” refers to the green satchel that is used once every year to bring the gubernatorial nominations to the Senate. Many of these nominees must appear before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee for final approval. As always, your thoughts and opinions are welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com.

Democrats Propose the Largest Tax Hike in Maryland History

I’ve been discussing Kirwan Plan for education over the last several months. While the plan includes some good ideas to improve education, I’ve been extremely concerned about how we would fund the recommendations for an additional $4 Billion per year. The Democratic leadership of the General Assembly has continually stated that there would be no primary tax hikes. Yesterday, Democratic House of Delegates leadership went back on that - introducing a $2.6 Billion tax increase. They plan to raise this money by first cutting the sales tax from 5 to 6%, but then broaden the application of the sales tax to include services like lawn care, realtor’s fees, auto services, computer services, gym memberships/trainer, painters, and home improvement, to name a few. This is real money out of your pocket. Maryland is already one of the highest taxed states in the nation. Our District 5 team opposes this but I encourage you to make your voice heard. You can do so by sharing this video or forwarding this email to family and friends.

Click on the picture above to watch my video on the tax hike.

District 5 Night a Huge Success!

On Monday, February 17th, District 5 hosted their annual Night in Annapolis. We had record attendance from constituents, fellow legislators, and the Governor’s staff. Thank you too all of our wonderful constituents that made the trip to Annapolis. It’s great to see friendly faces as we work during the 90 day Session.

Census 2020 – Be Counted

The 2020 census will take place this spring. The United States in required to perform a nation count of all people living in each state every ten years. The census is important because it determines representation in Congress and local legislative districts, is the basis for funding given to each state and county for critical programs and services. Please make every effort to be counted. For more information, visit https://census.maryland.gov/.

Scholarship Available:

If you are or know a high school senior or college student, please consider applying for a Senatorial Scholarship. For more information or to request an application, email Emily Van Horn at devanhorn@verzion.net and include your full address.

It is my honor to represent you in the Maryland General Assembly. Again, your feedback and ideas are always welcome at SenatorReady@gmail.com or by contacting my office.