Del. Kathy Szeliga:
And We’re Off!!
We are back in session … let the fun begin!
The Maryland General Assembly has been a part time legislature for more than 350 years. In 1776, when the Province of Maryland declared its independence from Great Britain, Maryland’s legislature was already 141 years old.
The very first session of the Maryland General Assembly was held in St. Mary’s City in 1635, about a year after the Ark and the Dove arrived with the first settlers of our fine state.
Today, we have 188 members representing all areas of our state. There are 47 senators and 141 delegates. As a part time legislature, our members are engaged in a wide variety of occupations outside of Annapolis, such as teachers, farmers, insurance agents, physicians, homemakers, retirees, lawyers, tradesman and more.
What’s Hot This Week?
Hogan Introduces the Budget
Governor Hogan kicked off his term as governor last week delivering on promises to fix Maryland’s budget crisis. On his first day, Hogan eliminated the structural deficit that has been looming over lawmakers’ heads for more than eight years. I’m proud to support Hogan’s very thoughtful and reasonable approach to spending that will put Maryland on a path to prosperity. Families and businesses cannot spend more than they make and neither should government. Businessman Larry Hogan knows that and his budget reflects those values.
Gov. Hogan’s economic principles are simple. The state cannot spend more than it takes in in, must stop maxing out the credit card, stop raiding the kid’s piggy bank, and stop using retirement funds for current expenses. Hogan has delivered a balanced budget that puts an end to the cycle of structural deficits while still fully funding K-12 education at the highest level in Maryland’s history. While there are some complaints about education funding, but that is generally because some jurisdictions did not get as big of an increase in funding as they had wanted. (Don’t forget in government speak – a decrease in an increase is often called a cut – you would still call it an increase.)
I am very optimistic about Maryland’s future. Under President Ronald Reagan we learned that controlling government spending and lowering taxes helps middle class families and small businesses and actually increases state revenues. It’s exciting to see Larry Hogan employ those same economic principles as we work to put Maryland’s economy on a better path.
If you would like to read the 2016 Maryland State Budget, please visit the MGA website. In the center of the website is a whole section on the budget.
As we comb through Hogan’s budget, I will provide you more details.
THANK YOU for your support and encouragement!
Delegate Kathy Szeliga (sha-leg-a)
Maryland House of Delegates
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