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There has been a big change in my legislative office. My aide of two years, Sean Emerson, has moved on to bigger and better things at the Montgomery County Council. Sean volunteered for the WMATA-Metro Work Group in 2016 and was critical to our efforts throughout 2017 and 2018 for dedicated funding and reform once he joined my office. But that was just the big headline. Sean was also a key part of all the other legislative efforts over the past two years, countless constituent services and communications, and generally keeping me on track. Thanks Sean.
But the silver lining is that succeeding Sean is Joe Swit. Joe interned in my Annapolis office in 2017 and helped run my primary campaign this past year. He has already hit the ground running.
For constituents, nothing has changed. Just email Marc.Korman@house.state.md.us or call 301-858-3649 with any questions or concerns for my legislative office. Or you can always reach me at email@example.com or my cell phone: 240-447-1175.
School safety was a major issue during the 2018 legislative session, partly because of the school shootings in Parkland, Florida and in St. Mary's County. In the budget, the Appropriations and Budget & Taxation Committees asked the Administration for a report on school safety funding and programs. You can read the report here. $40 million is available in the current budget year and what it is being used for is discussed in the linked letter. We also passed bipartisan legislation on this issue.
The Maryland Department of Transportation has released the draft Consolidated Transportation Plan for Fiscal Year 2019-2014, available here. The six year plan determines where our transportation trust fund dollars (your gas taxes, titling taxes, and other sources) go in Maryland's multi-modal transportation system.
Here are some highlights:
The Comptroller's office has issued the Fiscal Year 2018 close-out report for Maryland, available here.
The short story is that the state budgeted for a $200 million balance at the end of the year and it came in at around $500 million, largely because of revenue growth. Revenues were 4% above fiscal year 2017 and and 2% above projections. That appears largely driven by capital gains, which can be volatile and were the subject of reforms coming online soon to reduce the effect of that volatility.
The rainy day fund has $856 million in it.
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