Earlier this week, Governor Larry Hogan delivered his annual State of the State address, “The People’s Priorities,” which identified Maryland’s most pressing problems and pointed to bipartisan solutions. When Governor Hogan declared the State of Maryland to be the “shining example for the rest of America,” the entire legislative body stood and applauded. Our new Speaker of The House Adrienne Jones, did not tear up his speech, and she and Senate President Bill Ferguson were attentive and respectful during Governor Hogan’s speech.
Governor Hogan identified Baltimore City’s violent crime crisis as one of Maryland’s biggest challenges and urged lawmakers to come together and support legislation to target violent criminals. Violent crime is the number one concern of Marylanders and should be our top priority. Baltimore City’s violent crime problems are reaching epidemic proportions and residents are beginning to lose hope and confidence in their elected officials.
In addition to crime, Governor Hogan also addressed education, tax relief for retirees, and improving Maryland’s ethics laws. He pledged to tackle these problems with “civility and moderation,” allowing for solutions that all Marylanders can get behind. For education, Hogan encouraged an education solution that focused on holding schools accountable rather than an absurd spending increase of $4 billion per year that would raise enormous taxes in the state.
While we are proud of the reasonable bipartisan tone set in Annapolis under the leadership of Governor Hogan, we do still disagree on issues and philosophy. The Democrat rebuttal of Governor Hogan’s speech yielded unfounded criticism.
In a TV interview, one Democrat Delegate said that she doesn’t think Hogan “gets it” despite his high popularity, willingness to work across the aisle, and clear understanding of the problems Marylanders face.
A Democrat Senator wrongfully attributed Baltimore City’s rise in violent crime to Governor Hogan’s policies! No one believes that crazy allegation.
One Democrat even went so far as to criticize Hogan for lowering tolls on state roads. I applaud lowering tolls.
I am proud to stand with Governor Hogan to fight the crime crisis, bring accountability to our school systems, and cut tolls, taxes and fees whenever possible. Governor Hogan’s bill to lower taxes for retirees is essential if we are going to keep our grandparents in Maryland. As a leader in the House of Delegates, I look forward to another year of working together with Governor Hogan and my colleagues from across the state to serve the citizens of the Great State of Maryland!
Helping patients get the care they want and need
Delegate Steve Johnson and I introduced a bipartisan bill this year that would provide patients access to diagnostic evaluation and treatments that are integrative, complementary, alternative, or nonconventional.
Patients have very little access to nontraditional care by integrative medical providers today in Maryland. Marylanders, including my son, are having a hard time seeking treatment for tickborne illnesses (and others). Giving them the opportunity to explore treatments like acupuncture, oxygen or reactive oxygen therapy, etc., can be incredibly beneficial to their health.
Additionally, plenty of research and clinical studies have shown alternative treatments, especially acupuncture, to opioid related illness and addiction, work just as well or better than prescription drugs, and are significantly cheaper.
This Wednesday, HB 259 was heard in the Health and Government Operations committee, and you can watch the full hearing here.
High School diploma Civics Test requirement
Our American political system is based on an educated and informed electorate exercising their Constitutional rights. Our Democratic Republic relies on citizens understanding the importance of participation, and requires us to stay informed.
Prior to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States of America, applicants must pass a citizenship test with a score of at least 60%. Delegate Trent Kittleman and I introduced HB 284, which would require students to pass the citizenship test prior to graduation. They can take it as many times as necessary to score at least 60% correctly, and schools can decide how they administer it.
I was joined in committee by resident of District 7, a teacher of at-risk students. The bill was heard in the Ways and Means committee, and you can watch the hearing here.
See if you would pass the test by clicking here: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications/100q.pdf
Not a deplorable…
With newspaper readership at an all-time low, it’s amazing to see The Baltimore Sun publish something so disrespectful.
“A 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center found that among Americans with college and post-graduate degrees, progressives outpace conservatives by a wide margin. In other words, the right is less well educated. In Mr. Trump, they’ve found someone who validates their inchoate biases and fears — and they don’t much care that he doesn’t know what happened at Pearl Harbor.”
Yet another liberal whose job is to comment on what others are doing making fun of hard working Americans. #NotADeplorable