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Candidates, if you haven’t filed yet, the filing deadline in Maryland is February 27, 2018 at 9 p.m. if you’re planning to run for office in November 2018. You can get started by going to the MD Board of Elections to begin your paperwork.
8:00 am Registration Opens
8:30 am Breakfast with Allan Kittleman, County Executive, Howard County Maryland
9:45 am District Caucuses & District Photos
10:10 am Convention Gaveled Open
10:15 am Pledge/Prayer
* Prayer – Pastor Shannon Wright
* Pledge Anne Koutsoutis
For the fourth year in a row Governor Hogan’s budget plan includes no tax increases and record funding for K-12 education. The Governor’s FY2019 budget would spend an unprecedented $6.5 billion total on schools, more than called for in state formulas. Every single school system in the state of Maryland will see increased investment by the state.
Governor Hogan's focus on reining in state spending and rolling back tax increases has put the state in far better shape than it would have been otherwise, but his work is not done.
84% of state tax revenue is mandated and prevents far more dollars from being returned to Marylanders’ pockets. To combat this problem, Governor Hogan has introduced the "Common Sense Spending Act of 2018."
U.S. Labor Market Added 1.8 Million Jobs since President Trump Took Office;
Consumer Comfort Index Reached 10-year High in 2017
- Since President Trump took office, the unemployment rate has decreased from 4.8 percent to 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.
- The U.S. economy has also added 1.8 million jobs since President Trump took office.
- The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged 50 in 2017, the highest yearly average since 2001.
- The December, 2017 jobs report has been praised and includes a number of strong indicators of economic health.
- Over 100 companies and counting have pledged to offer bonuses, pay raises, and benefits increases after Republicans passed historic tax reform, a trend that is having a positive impact for many Americans and charities across the country.
- The Christmas shopping season was the best in a decade, far exceeding expectations.
- The Dow has topped 25,000, up 36 percent since President Trump was elected, "an incredible move in such a short period."
The U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar II to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 24. Secretary Azar attended Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland from 1981 to 1985. His father, also named Alex Azar, is a retired doctor of ophthalmology and teacher at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He practiced ophthalmology in Salisbury, Maryland for more than 30 years. His grandfather emigrated from Lebanon in the early 20th century.
Thanks to the tax reform bill which passed Congress late last year and was signed into law by President Trump, most Marylanders will start benefiting from tax relief this year. According to a Tax Foundation estimate, the average gain in after-tax income for a middle-income family is higher in Maryland, $3,245, than it is for the country as a whole, $2,598. Moreover, the foundation estimates that these reforms should result in more than 17,000 additional jobs in Maryland.
by Dwight Patel
I’m taking a little break from campaign advice to talk about Maryland’s first Republican governor during my lifetime. In 2002, Robert Ehrlich ran for governor on a platform of fixing Maryland after 8 years of Parris Glendening who ran the state into the ground. (What is it with these Democrat governors and running the states into the ground? It always takes a Republican to fix the mess created by Democrats).
By Mark Uncapher
The Baltimore Schools Public School system was forced to close during the first days of this month because more than 60 of its buildings lacked heat. The knee-jerk response of some partisans was to blame the Baltimore system’s woes on a “lack of funding.”
For example, the Maryland Democratic Party was quick to blame Governor Hogan for what they called his “callous disregard for the safety of Baltimore students.” However, their shrill, over-the-top rhetoric withers under any form of scrutiny.
Democratic State Comptroller Peter Franchot noted that “Since I became Comptroller, I've voted to approve over $538 million for school capital funding for Baltimore City. It's infuriating that internal front office issues resulted in millions of HVAC project funds being reverted back to the state.”