The 437th session of the Maryland General Assembly adjourned recently. During the 90 day session we worked hard to protect our investments in education, our roads and the Chesapeake Bay: we managed all of that without any new taxes.
As Chair of the influential Ways & Means committee, I have helped to shepherd legislation to limit testing time to 2% of instructional time; prevented the state board from meddling in schools affairs without the local community’s consent; supported tax credits to help our hometown heroes – police and fire personnel; and encouraged tax credits to support our key Montgomery County companies by providing tax credits to support the biotechnology industry as well as protecting and promoting Maryland’s most promising new ventures as they get off the ground and go to market.
I am proud to have supported local projects in District 14 and working with my District 14 colleagues to secure funding to help such diverse groups as the Olney Boys and Girls Club, Friends House in Sandy Spring, Good Hope Local Park, the Laytonsville Lions Club as well as providing much needed support to the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children.
As we move towards next session, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have ideas or need help getting access to government services.
The 437th legislative session is now underway. As Majority Leader it is my job to guide the members as we work to strengthen the state’s economic outlook, to create and preserve jobs, invest in education and continue to maintain our high quality of life here in Maryland.
We have many new and some familiar challenges ahead of us. I will continue to promote our shared values in Annapolis, to make our schools, roads and environment a top priority and to do all that I can to help you navigate our State’s services.
Maryland’s schools remain nation-leading. As chair of the influential Education Subcommittee I will continue to strive to make our K-12 system accessible to all kids.
If you have any suggestions during the session, please do not hesitate to get in touch.