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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Week Twelve: Sine Die is Near
Session Winding Down
What an awesome week!
I have to start this newsletter off by offering my gratitude to Governor Hogan and staff, especially Deputy Chief of Staff Jeannie Haddaway-Ricco, Speaker Busch, and the House leadership team for helping put our priorities in the budget and keeping them there. We are very blessed to be able to report that with the passage of the Governor’s budget, all of the local projects that were presented to our office were funded!
While funding of highway user revenues (HUR) went up this year, our office is still working hard on bills that would make sure the funding will remain on an upward trajectory, until they ultimately fully funded based upon the formula that goes back decades. Thursday, we met with Maryland Municipal League leadership regarding the status of several HUR bills, including two that I submitted. We are still working to get it accomplished and hope to be able to push them through before the end of session.
We had our last Eastern Shore Delegation meeting of the 2017 Legislative Session on Friday. We had the honor of welcoming Senator Ben Cardin as well as our dear friend, Bunky Luffman, from the Office of the Governor. Senator Cardin pledged to continue to work with Governor Hogan on several issues. He also said that he thought the corporate tax rate in the United States is too high and he would like to see it lowered. Bunky explained his role in the Governor’s office to the Delegation. As a liaison for the local elected officials of the Eastern Shore he is visiting the council meetings of all 56 municipalities and 9 counties.
We concluded the week with the Fruitland Easter Parade and Mt. Hermon PLOW Days on Saturday. I am blessed to have been able to spend the beautiful weather in the district and even take in the sight of more improvements at our very own Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
This week is our last full week in Annapolis. The last day of session, Sine Die, is on Monday, April 10. There is a lot of work still to do, so I am very much looking forward to continuing to push for good bills and trying to stop bad legislation.
Our 2017 Scholarship Application is now available! If you live in District 38B and are interested in applying, please send an email to Carl.Anderton@house.state.md.us. Applicants must have plans to attend college in Maryland.
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