Last Friday, the Governor introduced his first budget proposal. It is made up of three components: the operating budget; the capital (or construction) budget; and a Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA) which proposes changes in statute to support a balanced budget. You can review the budget submission here.
Later today the General Assembly will have its annual fiscal briefing as we begin to dig into the proposal. Over the next few weeks we will continue to go through the budget on an agency-by-agency basis as we work with the Governor to finalize the budget.
Here are some of the highlights of the budget:
As I said, we will dig more deeply into the budget over the coming weeks.
Last week, I joined my colleague Senator Cheryl Kagan for "Kibbitzing with Kagan." You can hear our conversation on YouTube.
In my update two weeks ago I mentioned a forthcoming announcement from Montgomery County Park & Planning regarding Little Falls Parkway. That announcement came a few days ago. On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 7 – 8:30 p.m, Parks will hold a virtual meeting to present data from traffic studies conducted on Little Falls Parkway between Arlington Road and Dorset Avenue. After the meeting, Parks will present the findings of the traffic studies to the Planning Board in a hearing during which members of the public will have the opportunity to testify. The Planning Board will then review the Parks Department’s recommendations and the public testimony and determine whether to proceed with the pilot project in a subsequent meeting. The Planning Board public hearing and meeting dates are yet to be determined but will likely be held in late March and early April. Once the dates are set, they will be publicly announced and posted on the Parks Department’s website on the project page.
Work continues on the Purple Line, but the construction contractor has recently claimed that delays on utilities relocation will extend the construction by several months. The state's view is that the delays can be mitigated but you can read more about the situation here.
Governor Moore recently announced his new Secretary of Transportation: Paul Wiedefeld. Mr. Wiedefeld is best known in our area for his work as the General Manager of Metro, but he has also led the Maryland Aviation Administration and Maryland Transit Administration, and worked at the State Highway Administration. Read more about the announcement here.
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