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I hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day with friends and family. I always find the return to school and Fall routines bitter sweet. Please say a prayer for those effected by Hurricane Dorian. If you are interested in helping, The Bahamas Red Cross is accepting donations.

 

Hogan Will Not Raise Taxes to Fund Kirwin Commission Education Recommendations

Last week, Governor Hogan announced he has no plans to raise taxes to fund the recommendations of the Kirwin Commission. Created by legislation in 2016, the Commission was tasked with considering different education policy areas: early childhood education, high quality and diverse teachers and leaders, college and career readiness pathways, and more resources for at-risk students. Last year the commission came back with recommendations that would cost nearly $4 billion if implemented. The Commission presented a wide array of policy prescriptions to modernize and improve our State’s education system, but has yet to provide the adjusted funding formula that calculates how much money each County would receive to properly implement the recommendations. Democrats are planning to push to fund Kirwin in the upcoming legislative Session without the proper formulas. Last year, I supported the first installment of recommendations because it switched focus of our K-12 to measure success by results instead of how much money is spent. More detail on how money is spent and where it will come from is necessary before we move forward.

Rural Broadband Expansion

Governor Larry Hogan announced this week, the first wave of a five-year plan to provide 225,000 Marylanders in rural communities with reliable, affordable internet access. Carroll County received a grant of $60,000 for 50% of the cost of a broadband feasibility study.  The feasibility study is intended to identify areas lacking broadband service and provide a road map for bringing broadband into the unserved areas.  The County can use the study to help them work with the Governor's Office of Rural Broadband on future funding opportunities.

Community Showing of Heroin Still Kills

On Monday, September 9th, from 6:30 to 8:30, you are invited to a FREE Community Showing of Heroin Still Kills. Movie will be shown at North Carroll Branch Library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead. There will be a Q & A after the film with Stephen A. Wantz, Carroll Co. Commissioner, Elizabeth Ingraham, Carroll Co. State’s Attorney’s Office, Beth Schmidt, MD Coalition of Families, and Heather Asbury, Carroll Co .Health Department. Sponsored by the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club. For more information contact Chris Tomlinson at 443-789-1486.

36th Annual Maryland Wine Festival

The Maryland Wine Festival will take place at the Carroll County Farm Museum September 21st & 22nd. Enjoy 150+ wines for sampling, The Maryland Cheese Pavilion, Juried Crafts, Fabulous Food, Live Entertainment and more. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.marylandwine.org