From Del. Mary-Dulany James:
It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and represent Harford County in the Maryland General Assembly. This year the legislature was able to pass a budget which: invests in education by allocating 11 million to the Harford County Community College, boosts private sector investment through the Northeastern Maryland Additive Manufacturing Innovation Authority and protects the environment.
The fiscal 2015 budget passed by the General Assembly (SB 170 and 172) continues to investment in: education, the environment, public safety and jobs. The budget also maintains State spending growth of 3.5% to keep up with inflation and assure that our valuable government agencies such as DHR have the resources they need to help Marylander’s.
The budget also works to strengthen the Middle Class by:
• Fully funding K-12 education ($6.1 billion), including $4.3M to expand pre-kindergarten programs;
• Increasing funding for public universities and community colleges (11 million for Harford Community College), including capping university tuition at 3%;
• Funds environmental and public safety priorities; and
• Supports State workers with cost of living and merit increases, for the first time since 2009, and avoid cuts to retiree benefits.