News from Annapolis!
The first full week of Session has been a whirlwind! I have had over 50 meetings with constituents, advocates and other legislators to discuss issues, bills and potential bills that address the needs of District 32 residents and all Marylanders. I have also spoken to the Council of Chambers of Commerce at their annual Leadership Breakfast, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and a meeting of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence about my legislative priorities.
So far there are 342 bills introduced in the Senate and 411 bill in the House of Delegates (with many more to come!). With only 75 days of the 90 day Session to go and the bill drop date fast approaching, our focus in Annapolis shifts to Committee bill hearings. You can find out more about the bills being proposed this session here.
It was great seeing Judge Morris at the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
where she was the key note speaker.
Governor's Budget proposal FY 21
The General Assembly is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget, unlike the Federal Government. The Governor’s proposed budget acts as the starting point for budget talks in the Senate and House Committees. It does however include full funding for K-12 education, as required by the General Assembly including the Blueprint for Education funding required in last year’s Kirwan Legislation. According to the Department of Legislative Services, the Governor’s budget leaves a troubling structural deficit of $37 Million for the next fiscal year. There is also a great deal of concern about the Governor’s decision to decrease the Community Colleges budget by 50% from 36 million to 18 million; if the legislators do not find a way to increase this funding it will mean an increase in tuition for community college students. The Governor has proposed several tax decreases for certain groups, but the budget does not reflect all the expected $1 billion loss in revenue if the tax cut is passed. It is still early in the budget process but it’s important to remember that the Legislature cannot add funds to the $49.9 Billion operating budget, we can only move funds around.
My scholarship application is now available online, it can be found here! I ask that interested students please print out and mail the completed application to my office before the March 31st deadline. It is important to note that the FAFSA must be completed by March 1st. Please complete the application carefully, the committee also requires a transcript and an essay. This is a four year renewable scholarship so if you are already receiving a senatorial scholarship from my office or another office you are not eligible.
Scholarship Committee - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are still looking for volunteers to join our 2020 Scholarship Committee. We need a dedicated group of individuals who want to make a real difference in the lives of our students. Our Scholarship Committee reviews and considers all District 32 scholarship applications and makes award recommendations. It is not a big commitment, it requires reviewing multiple applications, approximately 20 applications, at home and then attending an evening meeting in late April, to rank the applications with other committee members. To volunteer, contact Nancy Crawford in my office at 410-841-3593 or respond to this email.
My office remains in Room 202 of the James Senate Office Building, stop by if you are in Annapolis and share your thoughts with my staff. Nancy Lipin Crawford, my Chief of Staff, Joe Cadman, my Scheduler/Legislative Aide, Susan Meyer our Legacy Leader, and Molly Cannon our Student Intern will be happy to assist you and help with your issues and questions.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your State Senator from District 32,
At the 50th Anniversary of the Anne Arundel County
FOP Lodge #70 with my sister and father,
who is a founding member of Lodge #70.
Senate President Bill Ferguson and I at a Women's Bar Association event.