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White House Global Women's Initiative

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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. 

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Three-quarters of viewers approve of Trump speech: polls

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 Roughly three quarters of respondents who watched President Trump’s State of the Union address approved of his speech, according to CNN and CBS News polls released late Tuesday. 

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GOP Redistricting Reform Measure Drawing Bipartisan Support

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 “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.”

 

Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga

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  Del. Kathy Szeliga: Four key issues are crime, school safety, voting rights, tax cuts

"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."
 

Payrolls surge by 304,000, smashing estimates despite government shutdown

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“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.”

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Del. Kipke: Republican priorities deserve attention in Md.

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#StandForSomething
 
“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.”
 

Maryland Legislative Updates

Corderman bill would send inmates to home counties after release

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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.

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Proposed $46.6 Billion FY 2020 Budget is Unveiled

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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

FY 2020 Proposed Budget Highlights

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 •  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.  

Update on Prescription Drug Coverage

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 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.  

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