From the office of Del. Mary-Dulany James:
I am excited to write on this week’s opening of this 428th session of the Maryland General Assembly!
This year promises to be both one of the most challenging of those I have been here in Annapolis for, but also one with great promise for our state. Although the recession appears to be easing, I know there are many families in Maryland that continue to feel the pressure of the economic downturn.
Jobs are still hard to come by, and with rising gas and heating prices as the winter gets colder, I know there is much to be done at the state
level to support those we can. Creating jobs and getting the economy working again for everyone is my top priority. I am working toward that end every day I am in Annapolis.
There is a lot else to be done. The state budget faces a $1.6 billion deficit, a shortfall we will need to close so as not to increase the tax burden on Maryland families. I will work tirelessly to be sure that happens, hopefully without too drastically cutting from needed programs. There are already a lot of very good ideas for how to accomplish this. I look forward to working with my colleagues to do so.
Despite these bits of gloomy news, there are positive developments that I take pride in.
For the third year in a row our state schools are the best in the country. This is a tribute to the hardworking educators and administrators who are dedicated to giving our children the future they deserve.
As well, Maryland is one of only 8 states in the union that continues to have a AAA bond rating. This makes it easier for our state to borrow money and makes us more attractive to investors. My work on the Appropriations Committee ensures that we continue to be fiscally responsible in order to retain that rating.
While this session may be a tough one, I look forward to contributing to solutions that will hopefully make your load a little lighter, and move our great state forward. I cannot thank you enough for your support and you giving me the honor of representing you in the General Assembly. I hope to keep in close touch, and to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Please feel free to get in contact if there is something that I can do to represent you better, or to help you with any matter.
Happy New Year!
Very Truly Yours,