Budget News

Budget News

The Governor released the Maryland State Budget last week and there are two important things to note:

  • Our Governor has fully funded all the education mandates, including an additional $150 million dollar payment for the teacher pension.
  • There is also a large surplus which allows for cleaning up past fiscal finagling by former Gov. Martin O’Malley, pay off unpaid bills and put the state’s financial books in order.  The additional surplus should also allow for tax cuts, if agreed to by the legislature.

St Mary’s County

Our friend, Governor Hogan was once again very good to rural areas of Maryland.  St. Mary's County will receive a 2.1% increase in local aid, a 1.5% increase in funding for primary and secondary schools, along with libraries and community colleges, and almost $2 million in highway user revenue for local roads.  We also received $3 million dollars of design money for the construction of the U.A.S. Research Center in Hollywood.  If you are interested in learning more about this project, the Enterprise did a nice news story on it:  http://www.somdnews.com/enterprise/news/local/governor-funds-design-of-new-higher-ed-building/article_cc2da672-f085-5dea-9ab3-cd54891ed212.html

Governor Hogan’s Initiatives

According to a Goucher College poll conducted last February, 72% of Marylanders said they would prefer if legislative redistricting is done by an independent commission, rather than leaving it in the hands of elected officials. Governor Hogan hopes to create a nonpartisan redistricting panel to draw Maryland’s legislative and congressional districts, a change that would strip that power from the legislature and the governor’s office. The Hogan administration proposed a nonpartisan Apportionment Commission to replace the current, governor-led redistricting process.

Governor Hogan also proposed legislation to help the state overcome and control the rising opioid addiction epidemic. Hogan’s heroin legislation would beef up a statewide electronic prescription drug monitoring system and would phase in requirements for physicians to use it to track patients’ medications.

Legislative Highlight

HB 40- St. Mary’s- Personal Property Tax- Exemption

For the second year, I have introduced the personal property tax exemption for St. Mary’s small businesses. This legislation would eliminate the personal property tax on small businesses and incentivize new businesses to open in our community, as well as return funds to the business owners who worked for it.

HB 40 had a hearing on January 27th with David Dent, of the St Mary’s County License Beverage Association; St. Mary’s County Commissioner Tom Jarboe; Bill Campbell, former candidate for Comptroller and Chair of the MD Taxpayers Association. Delegate Tony O’Donnell rounded out the panel.  I want to thank each of them for helping make St. Mary’s more business friendly.

Take Action

To support this bill, please take action by:

  • Forward this email to someone you know who is a business owner in St. Mary’s County
  • Call or email the members of the House Ways and Means Committee to ask that they pass HB 40 out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a full vote.  House Ways and Means

This week coming up:

February 2nd - 2A Tuesday - On Tuesday February 2, 2016 the NRA-ILA, along with Maryland Shall Issue, the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, and the Maryland State Rifle and Pistol Association, will be holding the third annual "2A Tuesday.”  As a rally and lobby day, “2A Tuesday” is an opportunity for Maryland Second Amendment supporters to meet with their legislators.

For more information please follow this link.

Upcoming Events:

February 25th - Southern Maryland Reception- The Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Chambers of Commerce, with the cooperation of the members of the Southern Maryland Economic Development Association and the Southern Maryland Delegation, are hosting the 20th Annual Southern Maryland Legislative Reception. This is your opportunity to showcase the Southern Maryland Region to the rest of the State, and it is an opportunity to meet with your elected officials, Cabinet Secretaries and agency heads from throughout the State of Maryland.

 For information and how to attend please follow this link.

Contact My Office

For legislative and constituent issues please contact myself or my legislative assistant, Louisa Baucom at 410-841-3170/ 301-858-3170

Toll free 800-492-7122 ext. 3170 or by email at matt.morgan@house.state.md.us

Have a great weekend,

Matt Morgan
State Delegate 29A

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