School Funding Formula Workgroup Charts Path Forward

The Funding Formula Workgroup of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education today held its first meeting in Annapolis. The thirteen-member panel is charged with working through what is perhaps the most challenging portion of The Blueprint for Maryland's Future - a ten-year plan to make Maryland schools more competitive both nationally and globally - the development of a plan to finance, realign, and apportion the costs of these ambitious, but expensive, goals.…

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Speaker Jones Likely More “Mother” Than “Coach” According to Colleagues

A Washington Post article (2019-06-07) recounted the dramatic selection process that led to Delegate Adrienne Jones becoming Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and how her leadership style will likely differ from that of former Speaker Michael Busch. The article described how Busch passed away suddenly at the end of the 2019 Session and the sometimes tense contest that followed between Jones, Appropriations Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh, and Economic Matters Chair Dereck Davis to replace him.…

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Presiding Officers Name School Funding Formula Workgroup

Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Adrienne Jones yesterday named thirteen members to a workgroup that will make recommendations on the pattern and role of state and local funding to the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education later this year. MACo President and Harford County Executive Barry Glassman will represent MACo on the panel. The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education was formed in 2016 to answer two questions: Should…

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Speaker Jones to Address Maryland County Elected Officials

The first woman to serve as Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates will address county elected officials at the annual gathering of the Women of MACo. The Women of MACo, a chapter organization of the Maryland Association of Counties, hold an annual lunch meeting at the MACo Summer Conference. Previous guests have included Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (2018-2019 President of the Women Legislators of Maryland), Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake,…

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Bromwell on Measles: Vaccination is the Only Cure

"As I see it, every child who has not been vaccinated is a danger to him/herself and all other children. That deadly health threat cannot be allowed to stand." - Delegate Eric Bromwell In a submission to The Patch, Delegate Eric Bromwell outlines the dire measles epidemic facing our state and nation. Despite measles being declared eliminated in 2000, we are experiencing a nationwide measles epidemic in 22 states, including Maryland, with over 700 cases reported.…

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State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan
Regional Transportation Improvement plan (courtesy of Montgomery County Government).
State, Local Leaders Offer Alternative to Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan

State and local elected officials today held a press conference to discuss alternatives to Governor Larry Hogan's Traffic Relief Plan. The ambitious $11 billion project aims to relieve Maryland's traffic congestion woes by enlisting a private company to build and manage toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. https://twitter.com/MoCoCouncilMD/status/1135586905620398080 The Hogan administration says the plan will provide residents with much-needed traffic congestion relief without having to pay for it with taxpayer dollars. Officials…

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Maryland’s Minimum Wage Law, Explained

The Maryland General Assembly this year passed House Bill 166/Senate Bill 280 (Chs. 10 and 11), legislation to phase in an increase in the State minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2025, with a longer phase-in for employers with 14 or fewer employees. Unless the federal minimum wage is set at a higher rate, the State minimum wage for employers with 15 or more employees is as follows: • $11.00 per hour…

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