State of the State Address
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Last week I wrote a little bit about the process for bills that only affect Montgomery County, often referred to as local legislation. One of the bills I am working on this session is a local bill affecting a specific category of county alcohol licensee. I am pleased that my colleagues from Montgomery County voted 23-1 to advance this legislation to the normal committee process last week.
Three more pieces of legislation I have authored have been introduced since my last email update. I have introduced the Maryland Pre-Tax Commuter Benefit Act, a bill to make sure that employers are offering their employees the opportunity to take advantage of a federal tax benefit related to the use of pre-tax dollars for commuter options.
Regular readers of my newsletter will also not be surprised that I have introduced two Metro-related pieces of legislation. The Maryland Metro Funding Act would establish a dedicated funding source for Metro pending a similar approach being taken by Virginia and D.C. The Washington Post wrote a recent story about the status of dedicated funding legislation in all three jurisdictions. Because I do not believe Metro's challenges are limited to funding, I have also introduced the Metro Board Member Act, which would place the Maryland Transportation Secretary on the Metro Board of Directors. I believe more significant reform of Metro is needed, but this is an initial step Maryland can take unilaterally.
Last week I mentioned the introduction of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Extension Act. Maryland Matters wrote about the Senate version of the bill in a recent story: https://marylandmatters.org/2018/01/24/dems-try-to-trip-hogan-up-on-climate-change-but-hes-right-there-with-them/. The legislation actually has bipartisan sponsorship in the House, despite the column's attempt to turn it into a partisan bill.
My committee recently received an overview of the state's higher education budget. You can read the full briefing here. Some of the numbers that have caught my eye each year I have received this briefing is the six year completion rate. The six year completion rate for Maryland's four year and two year public institutions is below the national average. But even the national average figure is not encouraging.
The Comptroller of Maryland recently released a report about the effect of the federal tax bill on Maryland. For those who are interested in this topic, I highly recommend this light reading.
My campaign for re-election has been endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1664 (the Montgomery County Fire Fighters).
The District 16 Team (Senator Susan Lee, Delegate Ariana Kelly, and I) have held two of our series of meet and greets so far. The remaining schedule is below. Please join us at one of these meet and greets to discuss the issues that matter to you as we look towards the 2018 election. Email email@example.com for further information.
FEBRUARY 24—Old Stage Road (North Bethesda, Farmland, Luxmanor) hosted by Susan Weinmann
FEBRUARY 25—Ridge Road (Bethesda) hosted by Jennifer Martin
MARCH 4—Parkston Road (Westbard) hosted by Mike Beland
APRIL 23—Glenbrook Road (Edgemoor, Battery Park) hosted by Nancy Greenspan
APRIL 24—New London Drive (Potomac) hosted by Tazeen Ahmad
APRIL 25—Somerset House (Friendship Heights) hosted by Margie Sonnenfeldt
If you know of a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences or an upcoming event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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