You can read the Governor's budget proposal on the Department of Budget and Management website. As you can see in the above photo, I worked in some time to review it during a quick family trip. The good news is that the state's budget projections for next year are overwhelmingly positive and that has allowed the Governor to fund many priorities at the legislatively mandated level (and, in some cases, beyond). More concerning is that future year budget projections are extremely negative. The Department of Legislative Services Fiscal Briefing regarding the budget is available here. On page 3 it shows the projected deficits in future years. I will have much more to say about the budget in future emails. And that does not even take into account the impact of the federal shutdown on Maryland.
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For four years I have served on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development. This year, I was moved to the Transportation and Environment Subcommittee, which I consider a great new challenge.
There are four budget subcommittees on Appropriations and each committee member serves on one. We also each serve on one of two oversight subcommittees. I serve on—and chair—the Subcommittee on Personnel.
I have introduced my first two pieces of legislation. The State Board of Elections Transparency Act (HB 71) would require the Board of Elections to webstream their meetings to make them more accessible to the public and the local boards they govern. The Extension of Electric Vehicle Incentives Act (HB 72) would ensure that purchasers of electric vehicles in 2017 have the opportunity to take advantage of the electric vehicle tax credit, which they were excluded from when the program was last extended. The legislation was recently written up by the website PlugInSites.
On behalf of my colleague, Delegate Al Carr, I testified in support of HB 91, legislation to implement the Department of Legislative Services' recommendations regarding the proposed public private partnership to expand I-270 and I-495. Specifically, the bill would require the environmental review process be completed and an alternative be selected before an Administration could seek approval of a public private partnership. You can read the legislation here.
The State Highway Administration (SHA) regularly meets with me to discuss projects in District 16 and any issues of concern. At our last meeting, SHA shared this list of projects in District 16.
The list does not include the many constituent concerns I bring to SHA. If you see an issue with a state road, please email me anytime.
If you know of a District 16 resident who merits recognition or condolences or an upcoming event, please email email@example.com.
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