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  • 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...
  • One Of Blue’s Toughest Jobs

    Cops are not supposed to cry. They can't. If they did, they might be considered, God forbid, human. Dealing with death as a law enforcement office has far more implications than most would believe, especially for the deputy or officer giving a death notification. It's a part of the job no...
  • If You’re Reading This, I May Owe You Money!

    In Maryland, you don’t have to buy a lottery ticket to win the jackpot. While my agency has the important but unenviable task of collecting taxes, the comptroller’s office also serves as the legal custodian of Marylanders’ unclaimed properties. That means my staff and I get to...
  • Can Anne Arundel Opt Out?

    At the April 3 county council meeting, I offered a resolution concerning the Maryland Trust Act, which was at that time pending a final vote in the General Assembly. My resolution received significant support and attracted a great deal of opposition. You might say that the public hearing on the...
  • Women’s Issues In Our Legislature

    In this banner year for women runners in the Boston Marathon, where American women placed third and fourth and icon Kathrine Switzer ran in Boston again, 55 years after she defied discrimination widely prohibiting women from running distance races to become the first woman to officially run the...
  • Letter To The Editor: The Rise And Demise Of The Preservation-Oriented Development Bill, 94-16

    The land, streams, rivers and the bay in Anne Arundel County have existed for centuries. Mother Nature developed the county and maintained it as a perfect place to live. The government was formed to protect the land and the people who live here. They wrote a code to provide that protection. They...
  • Judiciary Forum At AACC Delves Into Controversial Topics

    A Maryland Court of Appeals judge said it could be “unconstitutional” to ban anyone from accessing social media, even sex offenders. Appeals Court Judge Clayton Greene was one of six judges who spoke on campus at the annual Anne Arundel Community College Forum on the Judiciary on April...
  • Letter To The Editor: An Open Letter To County Executive Steve Schuh

    As the councilman who represents both Severna Park and Arnold, I would like to share with you some concerns expressed by my constituents that I believe to be relevant to your search for a new Planning and Zoning officer for Anne Arundel County. Over the past two years, I have attended many...
  • Women’s History Month

    Women have long held an important role as leaders in the Democratic Party, influencing and shaping policy. We honor the contributions women have made in the past, and we look to a new generation of women to lead us forward. We are inspired by past power brokers, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, whose...
  • The Women Of The GOP Central Committee

    It’s April. While our attention focuses on things we love about this month — warmer weather, Easter, my birthday — we’re not so far into it that we can’t reflect on last month, when we commemorated the vital contributions of women in American history. A noble and...
  • Breaking Bad Habits In Local Government

    In the first sentence of his famous work titled “Common Sense” – first published on January 10, 1776 – Thomas Paine, political philosopher and theorist and author of a series of essays and pamphlets capturing and expressing the growing desire for American independence, wrote...

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