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Legislation that has been "pre-filed" for the 2018 legislative session can now be viewed online. House bills are available here and Senate bills here. Many legislators pre-file bills to get them into the public eye and, in some cases, get an earlier hearing date.
Before each legislative session, our non-partisan Department of Legislative Services releases issue papers exploring some of the topics that will come up during the 90 day session. You can read the issue papers--or at least papers on the topics you are interested in--here.
One of the goals of the Augustine Commission recommendations the state adopted in 2015 was to bring the various organs of state economic development policy closer together on the direction of our state Commerce Secretary. The Maryland Stadium Authority was left out of the reorganization that took place. In last year's budget, I worked with my colleagues to include language requiring the Maryland Stadium Authority--originally created to build Camden Yards and what is now M&T Bank Park--to report on how it cooperates with the Department of Commerce on economic development. The report is now online at the link.
The Stadium Authority's mission has expanded widely in recent years to include conducting economic studies of numerous projects and providing construction expertise to other projects such as Baltimore City school construction and Baltimore demolition. I want to make sure that the work is aligned, where relevant, to what the rest of the state is doing.
I was recently featured on the FixWMATA podcast for a deep dive discussion on the Metro, an issue I have spent a great deal of time on (that's why it often has its own section of this newsletter!). You can listen to the podcast here.
The WMATA-Metro Work Group will reconvene during the 2018 legislative session. Work Group co-chair Delegate Erek Barron (Prince George's County) and I are pleased to announce the tentative schedule. You can read the schedule and some further background here.
The Joint Committee on Federal Relations recently held a briefing on Metro. I was honored to be one of the presenters along with the Metro General Manager, Paul Wiedefeld, and the Maryland Transportation Secretary, Pete Rahn. I discussed the Maryland Approach to reform nine of my colleagues and I released this summer. You can watch the entire hearing here (my portion begins at one hour and thirty-eight minutes). The plan I discuss can be read here.
In mid-December, the state Board of Revenue Estimates released new General Fund budget projections. Maryland's income tax is coming in at a slower rate than expected, perhaps because wealthier individuals are trying to defer income until tax changes are made by Congress. The projections are important because the next fiscal year's budget is built around them, although projections will be updated in March. You can see the projections here.
I am proud to announce that my campaign for reelection has been endorsed by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. I have earned a 100% score from the League of Conservation Voters during all three legislative sessions I have served in.
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