Brooke's Blog

Wednesday, June 24, 7:00am

June 24, 2015

Dear Friends + Neighbors –

What a difference a year makes.  This time last year, the polls were just opening.  I was standing at William Paca Elementary School, waiting to greet the first voters of the day, and knowing that no matter the outcome of the election, I had run the best campaign I could. Looking back over my campaign, as I do from time to time, I am still inspired and grateful for the many people who helped carry me across the finish line – into a first place victory! If not for you and them, I would not be where I am today – able to represent the residents of Baltimore City in the General Assembly.

Sunday, June 21, 7:22pm

As you know, I am dedicated to ensuring that Maryland's Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration deliver efficient, effective, and safe transit options for all Baltimoreans and all Maryland residents.  Although the bill that I sponsored during the 2015 legislative session did not pass (see my bill here), I am still working with MTA and MDOT to gather feedback from constituents and others to learn about how we can make MTA the public transit service that we need!  

Wednesday, June 17, 4:23pm

Sen. Ferguson, Delegate Clippinger, Delegate Hammen and I are all strong supporters of public transportation.  We have heard from numerous residents, employers, and organizations over the past six months that they want the City to keep all lines of the Charm City Circulator in place - including the Banner Route, which is currently scheduled to end service in late July. 

We have been working hard to try to ensure that the Banner Route will not end, and as part of that work today sent a letter to Mayor Rawlings-Blake and William Johnson, Director of the Department of Transportation in Baltimore City. 

Wednesday, May 20, 9:56pm

All are invited to my first annual Community Picnic in the Park!  Join me and my family, other elected officials, and your neighbors from around District 46 for food, facepainting, games, and ice cream!  Information about schools and community programs will also be available.  Sunday, May 31 from 2-4 p.m. at Patterson Park (northeast of the Pagoda).  See this link for more info: www.brookelierman.com/picnic2015

See pictures from the 2105 picnic here!

Wednesday, April 15, 12:58pm

Friends - I can hardly believe that my first session in the General Assembly has come to an end!  I never knew that 90 days could go so by so quickly!  I have learned so much - both substantive information about policies, and procedurally, so much about how the legislative process works (or sometimes doesn't work as the case may be!).

Monday, April 6, 12:02pm

In budget news, the pieces are moving quickly.  Last week, the House of Delegates passed an FY16 Capital Budget that the Appropriations Committee had earlier approved.  On Thursday, Gov. Hogan released a supplemental budget.  In a nutshell, it was not the supplemental I had hoped to see -- rather than fund education and COLAs for state workers, he used money for several of his own pet projects.  Below is a synopsis of the capital budget, the supplemental budget, and a look at the week ahead.

Friday, March 27, 3:59pm

For Immediate Release

March 27, 2015

HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PASSES $1.04 BILLION CAPITAL BUDGET

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The House Appropriations Committee voted today to send their $1.04 billion capital budget plan for Fiscal Year 2016 to the full House of Delegates for consideration. The capital budget funds improvements, repairs, or expansions of facilities such as parks, State hospitals, and facilities at public higher education institutions. Additionally, it funds various local projects in every Maryland county ranging from public schools to community health centers.

Sunday, March 22, 8:21pm

The big news of the week was passing the FY16 operating budget with overwhelming support through the House of Delegates.  A budget must now be passed in the Senate, and then if there are differences, those differences must be ironed out in a conference committee.  After that, the House and Senate will vote on a final, identical budget bill.  Once it is passed, the Budget bill goes into effect immediately - the Governor does not need to sign it.  The Governor does need to sign the budget’s accompanying legislation, however - the BRFA.

Monday, March 16, 3:49pm

Wow!  What a week.  I had two bill hearings, decisions in my Transportation & Environment Subcommittee, votes on the House floor and in the Pensions Subcommittee, and then, on Friday, we voted on and passed the budget out of the Appropriations Committee.  It now proceeds to the House Floor next week.  Here are a few highlights from the week

Bill Hearings . . .

Saturday, March 14, 2:29pm

The bills I am introducing this session each have something to do with building a better Baltimore - whether that is a cleaner Baltimore (HB 551), a Baltimore with better transit (HB 546), a more just Baltimore (HB 244 and HB 911) or a Baltimore with a stronger economy.  That last point is the reason I am introducing two bills targeting the attraction and retention of entrepreneurs to our state: the Angel Investor Tax Credit (HB 789), and an amendment to the One Maryland Tax Credit (HB 810).  

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