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Thanks to constituents and friends across the region, I have been able to serve as a progressive voice in the Maryland General Assembly for over 25 years. This website allows me to share my views on both specific issues and my long term vision for the state. At the same time, I want to foster a dialogue and hear from you on these very same issues. We have worked to improve life for our state’s working and middle income people but we have much more to do. I encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions regarding these important issues through an email or phone call. I would like to be known not only as a leader, but a leader who listens. If you like what you see on my website, create a bookmark and forward a link to this web page to your friends and neighbors. Enjoy!

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Winter 2018 Annapolis Advocate Updated January 2018💥

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Check out the latest eNewsletter here. Updated January 2018💥

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  • Town Hall Meeting Video (December 2017)

    Video from my Town Hall Meeting in December is available below. The Purple line powerpoint is available here. I also expressed my opposition to the maglev high speed rail proposal, discussed my views on the 2018 legislative session and answered constituent questions. Thanks to Greenbelt Access Television for recording the event.

  • Larry Hogan Puts For-Profit Colleges Ahead of Maryland Students

    December 20, 2017

    The Baltimore Sun published an op-ed I wrote with Senator Joan Carter Conway criticizing the Governor’s failure to protect Maryland students from for-profit colleges that fail or close precipitously:

    Two years ago, 16,000 college students had their college educations pulled out from under them when Corinthian Colleges Inc., a company that was providing for-profit higher education, closed suddenly following a $30 million fine for misrepresenting “job placement data” and altering “grades and attendance records.”

    Click here to read the rest of the article.

     

  • Trump & Taxes: Guess Who Benefits

    What a shock!  By 2027, taxpayers making under $75,000 will see a tax hike and for the next ten years, those making over $500,000 will see anywhere from a 4.2 to 8.5 % reduction in taxes to, after 2027, a .5 to .7% reduction taxes.

    Interest on college loans? No longer deductible. State and local taxes? No longer deductible. School supplies purchased by teachers?  You guessed it: no longer deductible. If you’re a large corporation, however, you can deduct your equipment purchases.

    Besides reducing the tax rate for large companies from 35% (which they never pay because of loopholes) to 20%, these same companies who’ve been avoiding taxes by hiding profits overseas would now pay just 12%. But that’s not all. From here on out, most money they make oversees will no longer even be liable for U.S. taxes.

    After 2022, because the House bill uses a low inflation projection, many people currently in the 12% tax bracket will be pushed into the 25% tax bracket. This will double their tax bill!

    And for those of you who do itemize, check this out: in 2018, tax credits for: plug-in motor vehicles – gone; medical expenses –gone; tax preparation costs — gone.

    It has been reported that if the bill passes, Donald Trump would see a $20 million gain and his children, upon his passing, would see a $1 billion gain because of this tax proposal.

    And what do Republicans plan to do after passing this huge tax cut for the richest Americans? They’ll turn around and demand cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other social services in the name of the huge hole budget hole they’ve just created.

    We need three Republican senators to oppose it along with all Democrats, just as we successfully did with the failed repeal & replace effort of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The best hope is to win ‘no’ votes from: Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Susan Collins (Maine), John McCain (Arizona), Jeff Flake (Arizona) & Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).  If you know anyone in those states, encourage them to contact their senator. Obviously, if the voters of Alabama defeat that fanatic — and — predator Roy Moore, that would be one less vote we need.

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