Public meetings to be held to discuss I-95 Express Toll Lane extension project

I-95 ETL Extenstion MeetingsThe Maryland Transportation Authority will be holding two public meetings to provide information on the upcoming Interstate 95 Express Toll Lanes northbound extension project.

No formal presentation will be given, and the same information will be provided at each meeting. Local residents are invited to attend either meeting.

The meetings will be held on the following dates in the following locations:

Monday, February 26, 2018
Joppa Magnolia Fire Hall
1403 Old Mountain Road South
Joppa, MD 21085
4 – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
American Legion Overlea-Perry Hall Post #130
8666 Silver Lake Drive
Perry Hall, MD 21128
4 – 7 p.m.

At the public meetings, citizens can meet the project team, learn about the proposed safety and capacity
improvements along I-95, learn about Bradshaw and Old Joppa road’s overpass & detour routes, learn about noise wall locations, and share ideas & ask questions.

The $210 million project to extend the northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) for 7.75 miles from north of MD 43 in Baltimore County to MD 24 in Harford County was first announced back in December.

For more information on these meetings, visit the MDTA by clicking here.

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Gov. Hogan announces $4.4 billion education lockbox proposal

Education SpendingGovernor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced legislation to create a “lockbox” for education funding to ensure that all revenues from Maryland casinos go directly to funding K-12 education and improvements to the state’s public school facilities.

The governor was joined by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a longtime advocate for reforming the funding system.

“Ensuring that this money is required to be used the way voters were promised it would be is long overdue; this is a bipartisan issue that a majority of Marylanders agree with,” said Governor Hogan. “The additional revenue that was promised for the classrooms should be required to go into the classrooms, and the people of Maryland and our children should not have to wait for another election in order to fix this important issue.”

Maryland voters approved slot machine gambling in 2008 based on a pledge from the legislature and previous administration that the new revenues generated would supplement existing funding. However, the legislation that was enacted allowed for the new revenues to simply supplant existing funding.

The governor’s Commitment to Education Act of 2018 will increase education spending by more than $4.4 billion over the next decade by phasing in casino revenues from the Education Trust Fund over the next four years. The legislation also dedicates the first 20 percent of these revenues to school construction starting immediately, which will add an additional $1 billion over the decade.

Comptroller Franchot, who has been warning Marylanders of the problems with the existing legislation for over a decade, affirmed his support for the governor’s bill.

“Students, teachers and families have waited long enough for state government to finally deliver on its promise. This session, I hope that both sides of the aisle can set partisanship aside, and come together to do the right thing, by passing this bill and sending it to the governor’s desk,” said the comptroller.

Governor Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget provides $6.5 billion for K-12 education, which is record funding for a fourth straight year and includes an additional $140 million in direct aid to ensure funding increased for all jurisdictions and $15.2 million over and above legislative funding formulas. The governor and the comptroller are also providing an additional $365 million for school construction in the next fiscal year through the Board of Public Works, which they sit on along with Treasurer Nancy Kopp. This constitutes the largest investment in school construction funding in a decade.

“Voters want to know that these dollars that were promised for schools actually go to schools – that is exactly what our education lockbox legislation will accomplish. Our Commitment to Education Act of 2018 will finally fulfill the promise made to voters back in 2007,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration didn’t make that promise, but it’s imperative that we all come together to keep that promise.”

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Governor Hogan honors locals at CCBC Essex, tours Franklin Square Hospital

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Lt. Governer Boyd Rutherford, Angel Park’s Kelly Szczybor, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via Councilman David Marks)

On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan held a cabinet meeting at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex campus.

The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also honored many prominent community volunteers and organizations at today’s meeting.

Among those presented with citations were Angel Park’s Kelli Szczybor, the Back River Restoration Committee, White Marsh resident Robert Romadka Sr. (a community advocate for the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company), and the Eastern Technical High School soccer team.

Governor Hogan also toured Franklin Square Hospital with Jason Plotkin, president of the Parkville Carney Business Association, and Delegate Christian Miele, both of whom work for the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team in Parkville.

See photos from the events below.

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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, the Back River Restoration Committee, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Robert Romadka Sr., Governor Larry Hogan (image via WMVFC)
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Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and the Eastern Tech Soccer Team (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Councilman David Marks and Angel Park’s Kelly Szczybor (image via Councilman David Marks)
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Delegate Christian Miele, Jason Plotkin, and Governor Larry Hogan (image via the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team)
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Image via the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team
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Gov. Hogan to hold regional cabinet meeting, visit CCBC Essex

Governor Larry HoganGovernor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford are coming to town.

Maryland’s governor will hold a regional cabinet meeting in Essex on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Governor Hogan will also tour Baltimore County to visit with local elected officials, tour local businesses, and meet with constituents.

The governor’s public schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 12, 2018

8:45 AM: Governor Hogan to visit Boulevard Diner
1660 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, MD 21222

10:00 AM: Governor Hogan to hold Regional Cabinet Meeting (doors open at 9:15 AM)
Community College of Baltimore County Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237

1:00 PM: Governor Hogan to visit Medstar Franklin Square Hospital
9000 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore, MD 21237

2:00 PM: Governor Hogan to tour Dulaney High School
255 E. Padonia Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

3:00 PM: Governor Hogan to visit Pikesville Armory
610 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford will also participate in the Baltimore County regional cabinet meeting on Monday, and he will also tour Baltimore County to visit with local elected officials, tour local businesses, and meet with constituents.

The lieutenant governor’s public schedule is as follows:

10:00 AM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to attend Regional Cabinet Meeting (doors open at 9:15 AM)
Community College of Baltimore County Essex
7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237

11:45 AM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit American Legion Post 148
20 S. Marlyn Avenue, Essex, MD 21221

12:30 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Middle River Aircraft Systems
103 Chesapeake Park Plaza, Middle River, MD 21220

2:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Turnaround Inc.
8503 LaSalle Road, Towson, MD 21286

3:00 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to visit Maryland Packaging
3610 Commerce Drive, Halethorpe, MD 21227

4:15 PM: Lt. Governor Rutherford to tour Lansdowne High School and meet with parents
3800 Hollins Ferry Road, Lansdowne, MD 21227

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