February 21, 2017
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  • Aye, Nay, Abstain: Voting With A Purpose

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    It may surprise you to know that the State of the Union address is not actually required by the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, the tradition set by presidents of delivering a yearly review is mirrored by the governor and county executives, who typically deliver a State of the State or...
  • An Update On The General Assembly

    By Senator Ed Reilly
    The Maryland General Assembly is back for the 437th legislative session. On January 18, Governor Larry Hogan introduced to the legislature a $17.1 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018.
    This is the third year that Governor Hogan has introduced a budget that is 100 percent structurally...
  • Sick Legislation

    By Matthew Pugh - Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee
    The 2017 Maryland General Assembly is underway. As they do in every session, lawmakers are considering some significant issues over the next three months that will impact Marylanders for years. What’s different this year is that Maryland, a longtime petri dish for Democrats, has a Republican...
  • Two Versions Of Paid Sick Leave

    By Patrick Armstrong
    Our elected officials in Annapolis are debating legislation to extend access to paid sick leave for Maryland workers. There are two versions of legislation under consideration. Both attempt to address the issue, but they are far apart on the details. The Democrats’ plan would cover the vast...
  • Frederick Douglass And Roger B. Taney

    By Steve Schuh

    Over the last several years, much debate has surrounded the Roger B. Taney statue on the grounds of the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

     

    Roger B. Taney, a native Marylander, served as a state delegate, state senator, United States Secretary of the Treasury, attorney general of the United States, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, where he served for nearly three decades with distinction. However, he is most remembered for delivering the majority 7-2 opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled, among other things, that African-Americans, having been considered inferior at the time the Constitution was drafted, could not be considered...

  • Sometimes County Neighborhoods Can Be Too “Taxing”

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    Occasionally, the county council is called upon to approve petitions creating Special Community Benefit Districts (SCBDs). These districts are created in residential subdivisions to finance certain local improvements and services by laying a tax on property owners who are presumed to enjoy a benefit from the improvements and an increase in their property values.

    The practice of establishing these districts and laying these taxes is not a new one. It appears that the earliest SCBD in the county was back in 1929 in Herald Harbor, and it was created for the purpose of constructing and maintaining roads within that community. Since that time, the county has approved at least 78 of these...
  • What Is The Road Kill Bill?

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    As many of you know, Governor Larry Hogan recently spoke out against the flawed Maryland Open Transportation Investment Act of 2016, also known as the “Scorecard Bill” or “Road Kill Bill,” hurriedly pushed through the Maryland legislature last year. According to the governor’s analysis, 66 of the top 73 proposed major road improvements, including six in Anne Arundel County, would be impacted or cancelled by this legislation. Repeal of this disastrous bill is a top priority for Governor Hogan and me as we approach this upcoming legislative session.

    Under the current system, which has worked for decades, the secretary of transportation tours Maryland, and public...
  • Letter To The Editor: Reflecting On The Election

    By Janet Roessler
    So here we are — Mr. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. There is no denying that this is the case. To those who are fearful about the opinions this represents in our country, or those reveling in the win, remember that the popular vote was for Clinton.
    As a middle-...
  • Letter To The Editor: Join Us At The Women’s March On Washington On January 21

    By Monica O'Connor
    Here’s what I think. I think I cannot allow myself to feel isolated and defeated by the recent election. I think I cannot hope some braver, more energetic and maybe younger woman will stand up for my values and those things that make me proud to be an American woman. It’s tempting to...
  • Letter To The Editor: An Open Note To The Eighth-Grade Parents Of Severna Park Middle School

    By Mary Dobish
    I just retired from Severna Park Middle School on October 31. Although I was unhappy to have to retire before the end of the school year, I am in my late 60s and therefore needed to retire due to health reasons. I just wanted to thank all of you for sending such wonderful, hardworking, pleasant...
  • The Electoral College Is Not The Problem, It’s How We Count The Votes

    By Councilman Michael Peroutka
    In the aftermath of presidential elections, it is common to hear complaints about the Electoral College. And it is quite common to hear suggestions that the constitutional method be abandoned and branded as outdated or unfair or both.
    Yet if we could have a conversation with our founders, I think...
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  • News From The Statehouse

    By Delegate Tony McConkey
    The U.S. Constitution has rarely received the attention and scrutiny it received this presidential election. The beleaguered constitutionalists who fight for greater governmental adherence to our founding document, and even ran their own candidate for president, must be encouraged. The U.S....
  • Providing Homes And Jobs, But Maintaining Our Rural And Maritime Heritage

    By Steve Schuh
    Our fundamental vision is for Anne Arundel County to be the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland. Managing our lands, creeks and rivers appropriately is integral to that vision.
    How we manage our natural resources determines where we live, shop and recreate; where we work and...
  • Activity In Annapolis Is Increasing

    By Senator Ed Reilly
    The old expression says that “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” I’d like to add that nothing is certain but death, taxes and the annual start of the Maryland General Assembly!
    At this time of year, the activity in Annapolis is increasing as legislators are pre-filing their...
  • Looking Back And Looking Forward

    By Patrick Armstrong
    It feels as if the 2016 election began a lifetime ago. At one time, 17 Republicans were in the running as well as a handful of Democrats. History will remember that Donald Trump was given a pass by the media, hyping his candidacy as entertainment rather than a threat to our democracy. The media...
  • A Look Back At 2016

    By Matthew Pugh - Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee
    It’s December. With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, ‘tis the season not only to be jolly and hopeful but to also reflect on what the Republican State Central Committee of Anne Arundel County (AAGOP) and the Republican Party achieved in 2016.
    To say this year was busy...
  • Letter To The Editor: Reflecting On The Election

    By Janet Roessler
    So here we are — Mr. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. There is no denying that this is the case. To those who are fearful about the opinions this represents in our country, or those reveling in the win, remember that the popular vote was for Clinton.
    As a middle-...
  • Letter To The Editor: Join Us At The Women’s March On Washington On January 21

    By Monica O'Connor
    Here’s what I think. I think I cannot allow myself to feel isolated and defeated by the recent election. I think I cannot hope some braver, more energetic and maybe younger woman will stand up for my values and those things that make me proud to be an American woman. It’s tempting to...
  • Letter To The Editor: An Open Note To The Eighth-Grade Parents Of Severna Park Middle School

    By Mary Dobish
    I just retired from Severna Park Middle School on October 31. Although I was unhappy to have to retire before the end of the school year, I am in my late 60s and therefore needed to retire due to health reasons. I just wanted to thank all of you for sending such wonderful, hardworking, pleasant...
  • November Is Small-Business Month

    By Delegate Michael Malone
    Small businesses, usually defined as those with fewer than 500 employees, drive both the local and the national economy. According to 2010 census data, small businesses account for 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms, 64 percent of new private-sector jobs, and 49.2 percent of private-sector...
  • The Revitalization Tax Credit

    By Steve Schuh
    Bringing the citizens of Anne Arundel County tax and fee relief is a major goal of our administration, and we recently enacted more legislation to accomplish that goal while revitalizing and energizing older communities across our county.
    I just signed into law a new-home revitalization property...

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