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Senator Paul G. Pinsky ... your AnnapolisAdvocate


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...Your Annapolis Advocate

Dear Friends:

While the weather remains dangerously frigid, Annapolis is heating up. The 2018 legislative sessions begins Wed., January 10. 

Below you'll find invitations to two upcoming events, one the annual district 22 dinner in Annapolis, and an information session hosted by school board member Lupi Grady and me on education reforms. See below for details.

Last month the Baltimore Sun published an op-ed I wrote with my chairman, Sen. Joan Carter Conway, condemning Governor Hogan for siding with for-profit colleges over jilted Maryland students. Click here to read. I will introduce legislation to put students' interests over profits.

Stay warm and let me know your thoughts.

Yours,

Paul

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District 22 Martin Luther King Jr. Reception

I hope you can join me and my District 22 colleagues as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. It should be a nice dinner with interesting presentations and conversation.

Bus transportation is available (on a space available basis).
Please RSVP by Thurs. January 11.

What:    Annual 22nd District   
              Martin Luther King Jr. Reception
When
:   January 15, 2018
              6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where:  Miller Senate Office Building
              Annapolis, Maryland

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Education Reform Information Session

I will be joining Prince George's County School Board Member Lupi Grady at an information session to discuss the work of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, (known as the Kirwin Commission). The Commission brings education leaders together from across the state to review funding adequacy and discuss reforms to transform Maryland schools into a world class 21st century education system.
 
As a member of the Commission I will share my perspective on the Commission's work to date and potential recommendations for major reforms to our schools. Click here to view the invitation, from Board Member Grady.
 
What:   Information Session on Education Reforms
When
:  6:30 PM January 11, 2018
Where: Roosevelt High School Auditorium
             7601 Hanover Pkwy, Greenbelt, MD 20770

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Health Insurance Sign-Up Strong, Despite Trump Efforts to Kill Program

In the 39 states without state health exchanges (i.e. Maryland), the Trump administration shortened the enrollment period by half for those wishing to enroll in ObamaCare; they cut funding for enrollment "navigators" (staff assistants) by 40%; and they cut advertising and outreach spending by 90%. In spite of this blatant administration effort to kill the program, 8.8 million Americans signed up, approximately 95% of those signing up last year.

The take-away? Americans appreciate the program and will work to acquire health coverage, whether Pres. Trump throws up barriers or not.

Maryland runs its own exchange and was able to avoid the obstacles created by the Trump administration.

Health care should be a right, not a privilege.  

We can -- and should --  create an even more efficient system of insurance than we now have. Just as Medicare is run by the government and not controlled by the insurance industry and just as the Veterans Administration is able to negotiate with the Pharmaceutical industry for lower drug prices, our insurance could be run at a less costly rate, provide better coverage and be run more efficiently. That's why I will be introducing state-based Medicare-For-All legislation to mirror similar efforts proposed by progressive U.S. Senators.

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Town Hall Meeting Held

Last month on a snowy Saturday morning, I hosted a town hall meeting in New Carrollton. The morning featured a briefing by the Maryland Transit Administration on the Purple Line. The Purple line is a light rail line that will connect Bethesda to New Carrollton. The deputy project director gave an overview of the project and showed detailed maps of each station in and around district 22. 

The presentation including maps and the project timeline is available here.

Prince George's State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks made remarks and I gave a preview of the legislative session and answered questions.

Click here for photos.

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Scholarship Information

Are you or one of your children expecting to attend a Maryland college or university next year? Are you interested in financial assistance to help with tuition?

If you live in the 22nd district -- the communities of Berwyn Heights, Edmonston, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Lanham, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park, Seabrook, or University Park -- you can apply to my scholarship committee for a Senatorial Scholarship.

These scholarships usually range from $500 to 2,000 for each of four years. The application will be available on January 10 at senatorpinsky.org. Applications are due by April 1, 2018.

My scholarship committee, made up entirely of citizen volunteers from the 22nd legislative district, will be selecting the scholarship winners.

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