The Global Women's Empowerment Initiative
The White House has launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a government wide project led by the senior adviser and daughter to President Donald Trump. The initiative will involve the State Department, the National Security Council and other agencies. It aims to coordinate current programs and develop new ones to assist women in areas such as job training, financial support, and legal or regulatory reforms.
“Nearly two dozen House Democrats have signed on to a Republican-sponsored bill that seeks to reduce the role of partisan intent in the drawing of congressional boundaries.
The measure, HB 463, is sponsored by Del. Michael Malone (R-Anne Arundel), who was an anti-gerrymandering activist prior to his appointment to the General Assembly in 2015.
His bill would place a referendum on the November 2020 ballot. If approved, the Maryland Constitution would be amended to require that “due regard be given to natural boundaries and boundaries of political subdivisions.”
"The last bill I want to highlight is an income tax cut across the board, saving middle class, working class, and small businesses hundreds of millions of dollars.
Despite the federal tax cuts that passed last year many Marylanders will see their taxes increase. I think it’s time to let you keep more of your hard-earned dollars. I will always work hard for you and your family to keep more of your own money because I believe you will do a better job of spending it than the government."
“Job growth in January shattered expectations, with non-farm payrolls surging by 304,000, the Labor Department says. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected payrolls to rise by 170,000.”
“Our state needs the best ideas and the most principled leadership; no person or political party has a monopoly on these things. This caucus will partner with anyone willing to do the hard work required to improve our state. Our objective this legislative session is simple: Get good things done for the people of Maryland. These proposals are a first step in the right direction.”
ANNAPOLIS — What happens after inmates are released from the state prisons south of Hagerstown?
Sometimes, if they have a local home plan, they’re released in Washington County — regardless of where they lived when they were convicted.
Local authorities have long been concerned about that. Check out the rest of the story in the Herald Mail. Click below.
By now, nearly 500 bills have been introduced in the legislature. The Governor’s proposed FY 2020 budget includes funding for priorities like education, transportation, health care, and the environment. The proposed budget is 100 % structurally balanced and fully funds not only his administration’s priorities but also the legislature’s mandated spending programs, while maintaining $1.3 billion in reserves. From Senator J.B. Jennings Updates
• Investing an historic 6.9 Billion of funding for K-12 education. Increasing direct aid to local schools by 5.3%.
• For higher education, the proposed budget invests a record $1.45 billion to the University System of Maryland and limits tuition growth at Maryland’s public four year institutions to 2%.
• Investing $56.5 million to encourage investment and revitalization to make Maryland’s 149 opportunity zones the most competitive in America – including $16 million for the Maryland Technology Infrastructure Fund and $3 million for the job training
program Opportunity Works.
Senate Bill 193 requires the state to continue providing prescription drug benefit plan to retirees by repealing the January 1, 2019 termination date. This bill is currently in the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee, where retirees who would be affected by the proposed changes will have the opportunity to testify at a hearing that is yet to be scheduled.