Week 7 - On Kojo
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I am pleased to announce that I have joined the Capital Budget Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. The Subcommittee has oversight over the state's construction budget and I will participate in hearings on numerous capital projects being proposed by the state over the next few weeks.
One of the responsibilities of the Maryland General Assembly every four years is to elect a State Treasurer, with each Delegate and Senator getting one vote. The State Treasurer sits on the Board of Public Works, the Board of Trustees for the state pension, and the Maryland 529 board, among other responsibilities. Yesterday, we re-elected Nancy Kopp as our State Treasurer. Treasurer Kopp previously represented District 16 in the House of Delegates and has been Treasurer since 2002.
The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education--referred to as the Kirwan Commission--has released its interim report. The Commission's mission has been two-fold:
In the Interim Report, the Commission explains its proposals for expanding early childhood education; improving the teaching profession; increasing college and career readiness pathways; investing in students by focusing on resources for special needs, English language learners, and concentrated poverty; and by creating a new governance model. The Commission is recommending an approximately $325 million increase above the mandated education funding increases in year one.
The all new Public Transit Caucus continues its meetings. One of our recent presentations was Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) 101. The MTA is the state agency that is in charge of the Purple Line, MARC commuter rail service, and local transit service in Baltimore. We also met with the Inspector General for WMATA.
Of course, we consider many significant bills that I am not the sponsor of. Two bills of major impact made some progress last week that I wanted to highlight.
The Administration continues its plans to widen the Beltway and I-270. Last week, they announced a reduction in the alternatives being studied (which now include only toll lanes) and released a video explaining the current status of the project from the Administration's perspective.
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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