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  • School Construction

    Three years ago, we promised a major acceleration in our county’s school construction efforts, and it is a promise we have kept. We are now far along in the largest school construction effort in county history. In the current six-year plan, we have allocated $764 million to school...
  • Being Comptroller Is More Than Just Collecting Taxes

    In my travels across Maryland, many people lightheartedly call me the “tax man.” It’s a job description that ranks right up there in popularity with a telemarketer, a baseball umpire or a parking enforcement officer. Don’t get me wrong, I love being your comptroller, but...
  • Hiding History Doesn’t Change It

    My family and I recently traveled to South Carolina on vacation. The night before the eclipse, we stood on the Battery in Charleston. After the events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, it was a bit surreal gazing across the harbor to Fort Sumter, the site of the first shot of the Civil War. My wife...
  • Why Is There A Sheriff’s Office?

    To answer that question, I need to start with our heritage. The Sheriff’s Office is the oldest office outside of the king and queen, starting first in St. Mary’s County in 1649 and then in Anne Arundel County in 1650. To put that in perspective, the Anne Arundel County Police Department...
  • The Character Of The County Is In The Character Of Its People

    One of the subtle enjoyments of a county councilman is knowing and working with many citizens of good will and commitment to the community. And while there are a few admirable elected and appointed officials, there are even more dedicated and good-hearted members of our community who give...
  • An Upgrade To Cox Creek

    Recently, our county celebrated a huge milestone: the completion of the $141 million upgrade to Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Pasadena. Elected officials past and present gathered on July 12 as we highlighted this major achievement to improve the water quality in and around North County...
  • FTA Amnesty Program Proves Successful

    I told you it wasn’t a sting! It was the county’s first Failure to Appear Warrant Amnesty Day and it was a huge success! I must give a big shout out to our partners. Without them, this would have never been a success. Let me recognize the public defender’s office, the States...
  • Enjoy A Longer Summer, Shop Tax-Free And Win A Scholarship

    In years past, the start of August meant counting down the waning days of summer – a final family trip to Ocean City or Deep Creek Lake, a few more afternoons cooling off at the pool, one last visit to Camden Yards or the Maryland Zoo, and the inevitable last-minute back-to-school shopping...
  • Letter To The Editor: Climate Change

    There is an international and interdisciplinary consensus that climate change is impacting every facet of society. Politicians who are unsure about climate change, or who lack the political will to address its causes and effects, distract and detract from concrete steps we need to take to protect...
  • Letter To The Editor: The Global Demise Of PolioExclusive

    At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in June, Rotary’s most recent fundraising efforts were made public and reported by major network news entities. According to our partner, the Gates Foundation, in a speech to Rotarians at the convention, Bill Gates and Rotary President John Germ...
  • A Look Inside This Year’s Budget

    If there is one word to describe this year’s budget season, it would be “inclusive.” Our process commenced in February and March when we began meeting with the public to better understand their priorities. At two town halls, our departments met face to face with constituents from...
  • Following So-And-So Off A Cliff

    My wife and I have four children, so it's not terribly uncommon to overhear something like:   Parent: I can't believe you did X. Child: So-and-so did it first. Parent: If so-and-so jumped off a cliff, would you follow him? Democratic leaders in Maryland seem to think it's OK...
  • Recognizing Maryland’s Bright Lights

    In my travels across our great state, I have been fortunate to visit some of the great businesses that are headquartered in Maryland. We’re home to Fortune 500 companies like Lockheed Martin and Marriott International, and to global brands like JoS. A. Bank, STX and Under Armour. Of course,...
  • How Motocross Will Change Our County’s Criminal Justice System

    Motocross is a sport that leads to many injuries no matter how good you are. It just can’t be avoided. Anyone who has ever ridden knows this painful reality, but the fun of it all keeps you ridding. Once in your blood, it’s a sport you never seem to grow out of. Sorry, Mom. I have the...
  • Letter To The Editor: Agree To Disagree

    Everyone in Severna Park knows if you attend any social function, you will most likely know the intimate details of the host’s kitchen backsplash remodel, everyone’s vacation plans, and where to find a sale for those earrings or shoes your friends were wearing. What won’t be...
  • Hit A Home Run This Summer At Maryland’s Craft Breweries

    As summertime approaches, I can’t think of two things that go better together on a sweltering day than baseball and cold beer. And Maryland is home to the best of both – the Orioles are one of the top teams in the American League and craft brewers from the mountains of Western Maryland...
  • Does Anne Arundel County Budget Backwards?

    May is budget month for the government of Anne Arundel County. The operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) is expected to be just over $1.5 billion. Raise your hand if you think this is a lot of money. Me too. And in one way or another, it all comes from the taxpayers of the county by...
  • Special Arrest Warrant Reduction Initiative

    My office has taken great pride in developing unique ways to reduce the number of arrest warrants in Anne Arundel County. Besides using traditional methods, we have initiated creative arrest stings designed to fool criminals; conducted multiagency, large-scale arrest sweeps; showcased wanted people...
  • Hit A Home Run This Summer At Maryland’s Craft Breweries

    As summertime approaches, I can’t think of two things that go better together on a sweltering day than baseball and cold beer. And Maryland is home to the best of both – the Orioles are one of the top teams in the American League and craft brewers from the mountains of Western Maryland...
  • WISE Town Hall Generates Discussion Between Citizens And Elected Officials

    About 300 people made their way inside Woods Memorial Church on the evening of Monday, May 15, for the first District 33 town hall hosted by WISE (Women Indivisible Strong Effective), a newly formed grassroots activism group that, per its mission statement, “provides a platform for diverse...
  • Activism: A Positive Gain For The CommunityExclusive

    The dawn of the Trump presidency created a stir in Anne Arundel County at a time when we desperately needed a boost to civic engagement. With sheer disgust and total outrage at our elected officials in the Trump administration and right here in Severna Park, Arnold, Millersville and beyond, folks...
  • Letter To The Editor: Hate In Our Backyard – A Teachable Moment?Exclusive

    The 10-year-old son of one of our WISE (Women, Indivisible, Strong, Effective) members came home from school last week, sad and confused. His classmate was absent. She was staying home to say a heartbreaking goodbye to her aunt and uncle who were being deported. We like to think of our community as...
  • A Budget That Advances A Fundamental Vision

    On May 1, I presented our proposed Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget to the county council. I am excited about this budget and believe it advances our administration's fundamental vision of making Anne Arundel County the best place to live, work and start a business in Maryland. The budget...
  • An Elected School Board For Anne Arundel County

    Last month was historic for our county, our school system, our parents and our students. In a stunning and complete turnaround in policy, state legislators voted to replace Anne Arundel County's appointed school board with an elected school board. I have consistently pushed for an elected...
  • The End Of Session

    Budget Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017, fully funds state obligations while having fiscal restraint. For the third year in a row, there are no new fees or taxes in the state budget. This is an operating budget of $17.1 billion. When...

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