Like many of you, I have been frustrated with the slow pace of snow removal. It was bad enough that many neighborhood streets were not plowed until the Wednesday after the storm, but some highways are still missing a lane of traffic this week. I have joined with several colleagues in reaching out to the State Highway Administration about these issues.
I am a big believer in the need to reform our state agencies for the 21st century. Last week, I introduced legislation to reform the Board of Public Works and the Public Service Commission. I will talk about the Board of Public Works bill in a future email, but here is further information on the Public Service Commission ("PSC") Reform Act (you can also read the bill here).
The PSC is the state regulator of utilities, such as Pepco. Many District 16 residents have little faith that the PSC is doing what it is supposed to do in looking out for the public interest (in full fairness, Pepco performed well during the blizzard compared to past storms). I believe the PSC can be strengthened and improved and here are the proposals I have set forth to achieve that goal.
The Administration has requested sixteen bills be introduced for consideration by the General Assembly. Below are brief summaries and links to further information.
HB 449-Capping Maryland legislative budget formulas.
HB 450-Establishing tax benefits for manufacturing in certain empowerment zones.
HB 451-Dedicating funds to the Maryland State Arts Council.
HB 452-Increasing the earned income tax credit.
HB 453-Allowing tax credits for private school tuition.
HB 454-Altering merit pay increases for certain state workers.
HB 455-Providing income tax benefits for seniors.
HB 456-Revising the state's prescription drug monitoring program.
HB 457-Reducing business filing fees.
HB 458-Establishing a commission to draw legislative lines.
HB 459-Reducing certain licensing fees.
HB 460-Altering homeowners' assistance programs.
HB 461-Altering penalties for gang activities.
HB 462-Placing transfer taxes in a special fund.
HB 464-Supporting state programs for dual high school and associate degrees.
District 16 Notes
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