A major topic of the legislative session is the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, also known as "Kirwan" or the Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education. The legislation is the culmination of years of work by a blue ribbon panel studying how Maryland funds education and what we are paying for. Much of the focus has been on the total cost, how to allocate funds, and how to obtain the revenue necessary, but I also want to talk a bit about what the money will be used for.
In my new role as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation & Environment, I have had the opportunity to hold some early legislative briefings on some key issues important to our District: the regulation of our local utilities (Pepco); climate change; and priority transportation projects, such as the MARC Commuter Rail and I-270/I-495 Public Private Partnership.
The 441st session of the Maryland General Assembly convenes today. Although the legislature only meets for 90 days, as your Delegate I work year-round to represent each of you and our district. But the next 90 days will be a sprint of legislative productivity in Annapolis.
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