The Washington Report

Protecting, Strengthening, and Reforming Our Public Education System: Maryland Meals for Achievement In Classroom Breakfast

Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) is a successful program that provides universal access to breakfast in the classroom in high-poverty schools. Students at MMFA…

Protecting, Strengthening, and Reforming Our Public Education System: Blocking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

HB 425 bans the suspension of kids in pre-kindergarten through second grade, except in extreme or extraordinary circumstances. A priority of Legislative Black Caucus,…

Protecting, Strengthening, and Reforming Our Public Education System: Protect Our Schools Act of 2017

With our national public education system at a crossroads, it has been mine and my colleagues’ foremost concern to protect our public schools from…

Protecting, Strengthening, and Reforming Our Public Education System: State Grants for Education Aid

The 2017 legislative session was a banner year for public advocacy. I want to thank my constituents for your stalwart support on this important…

Fighting for Tax Fairness: Real Property Tax Process Reforms

As you may know, The State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) appraises each homeowner’s property in Maryland every three years. Before recently passed…

Fighting for Tax Fairness: Back-to-School Edition

As the school year quickly approaches (always too quickly), I hope you will all take advantage of Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week. In addition to…

Environmental Stewardship: Improving the Health of the Public, the Environment, and the Economy

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (HB 1106) that my colleagues and I passed this session is expected to improve public health by preventing up…

Environmental Stewardship: Banning Hydraulic Fracking in Maryland

In 2015, Maryland legislators established a temporary moratorium on fracking in the state. We had until October 2017 to gather further evidence on fracking’s…

Improving Support for Maryland’s Working Families: Maryland Trust Act

I joined with the Latino and Asian caucuses along with other colleagues, and working together we took a stand against the Trump Agenda and…

Improving Support for Maryland’s Working Families: Funding Planned Parenthood

The Maryland General Assembly made good on its promise to fund Planned Parenthood even if the federal government doesn’t.  HB 1083 would reimburse Planned…

Improving Support for Maryland’s Working Families: Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Over 750,000 Marylanders are not able to earn a single paid sick day.  Each time they get sick or need to care for a…