I also had the opportunity recently to testify before the Montgomery County Council about WMATA/Metro. Here are some news stories about the hearing, as well as a column by the Post's Dr. Gridlock.
Finally, I was pleased to earn a 100% environmental rating on the League of Conservation Voters scorecard.
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I am sorry to say that my aide Brian Kemmet is moving on to a job in Baltimore. Brian was instrumental in getting my tenure as a legislator off on the right foot. His knowledge of Annapolis and state government was not only helpful to me, but has been of great service to District 16 constituents. Thanks to Brian for his hard work these past months.
Members of the General Assembly are given funds to award scholarships to residents of their districts for higher education. I was pleased to split my allotment between ten District 16 students and the Universities at Shady Grove (which will award its share of the funds to other District 16 students). If you are interested in a scholarship for the next academic year, please visit http://www.marckorman.com/scholarship.
When the legislature is not in session, the Board of Public Works--made up of the Governor, Treasurer, and Comptroller--has far-reaching authority to reduce budget line items. During the legislative session, I introduced a bill to require public notice of such reductions. Frankly, when I introduced the bill my frustration was with the prior Administration's large budget cuts in January. But before the last Board of Public Works meeting, the Administration proposed an unvetted public safety cut. I have no informed view on whether the cut is a good idea or not, but I do believe that such cuts should be subject to public scrutiny. I was pleased to see the Board defer a vote on the cut but believe it never should have been on the table without advance public notice.
The Governor has appointed a Regulatory Reform Commission to review existing state regulations. This type of review is typical of new Administrations (both Governor O'Malley and Governor Schaefer had similar commissions). But I do find it unfortunate that the Commission is made up almost entirely of business people with no labor, public health, or environmental interests to offer their perspectives as well.
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