I attended the new Governor's inauguration as well as the Comptroller's swearing in. I've also attended my first delegation meeting where the County Executive presented his priorities.
The biggest issue of the day is the budget, which the Governor was required to introduce last Friday. Being on the Appropriations Committee affords me the opportunity to be in the thick of things. The state budget is very complex and the Governor wields quite a lot of authority over it. The legislature can only reduce funding, but we cannot add to it. This week is our committee's first opportunity to be briefed by legislative analysts who are really digging into the multi-volume tome and help us understand the full ramifications of it. My subcommittee has jurisdiction over education funding -- early childhood, K-12, higher education and economic development -- and I look forward to sharing more about our work in the weeks ahead. As it currently stands, I'm quite concerned about the substantial cuts in education included in the Governor's budget.
I will be having periodic get-togethers in Baltimore (at different spots around the district) while we're in session where you will have a chance to share directly with me your thoughts and concerns about legislation, the community or whatever is on your mind. Please join me Monday, February 9th, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Corner Bakery in Pikesville, 1809 Reisterstown Road, 21208.
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Please stop by when you're in Annapolis -- we'd love to see you! I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can join us on the 9th.