The pace is picking up in Annapolis. Here are some of the highlights from the past week:
State of the State: Governor Martin O’Malley presented his fifth State of the State Address this week in Annapolis. One of the Governor’s most significant proposals was a $100 million venture capital initiative. That initiative would encourage companies to invest in both Maryland’s Venture Fund and venture capital firms in the state in return for state-issued tax credits. These funds will help attract jobs in green energy and biotechnology to Maryland. Watch the address here.
Funding Baltimore City Schools: As I learn more about next year’s proposed budget, I am concerned about the $15 million dollar cut in funding to Baltimore City’s schools. We’ve seen significant progress: for the first time in 14 years, enrollment in City schools has increased. High school graduation rates have risen by 10% over the last three years. I’ll work with fellow members of the Baltimore City delegation, and particularly with City members of the Ways and Means Committee, to ensure, at a minimum, level funding for our schools.
House of Delegates Scholarship: Applications are available for those 46th District residents interested in applying for a House of Delegates Scholarship. To apply, you must be a current high school senior or a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants must be 46th District residents enrolled or planning to enroll at a two-year or four-year Maryland college or university as a full-time or part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student, or be attending certain private career schools. If you would like to be mailed an application, please email a request with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 410-841-3303.
First Bill:This past week, I submitted my first bill requesting $250,000 in capital improvements to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. To celebrate my very first bill, and to symbolize the National Aquarium (at least in a small way) in my office, I welcomed the first of two Betta fish for my Annapolis office.
The National Aquarium provided educational programs for over 100,000 school children last year. That’s why the first and second graders of the Patterson Park Public Charter School will be naming the fish pictured above and the first graders from Thomas Johnson Elementary will be naming the second fish.
Even in challenging times, we cannot lose sight of those things that make Baltimore a great place to live. As your delegate, I will advocate continued funding for our schools and cultural institutions as both enhance our quality of life.
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