August 6, 2021
In This Issue:

  • District 5 Team - Ready, Krebs, Rose and Shoemaker Receive Highest Pro-Job Creator Rating in the General Assembly
  • The Latest News on COVID-19 - Hogan's Press Conference
  • Rental Assistance Resources for Tenants & Landlords
  • Maryland Toll Road Information
  • Lt. Gov. Rutherford Presents Grant to Westminster Boys & Girls Club

Hello friends,

It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the summer. I hope you are enjoying some well-deserved time with friends and family.

The District 5 Legislators, Senator Ready, Delegates April Rose, Haven Shoemaker and myself were thrilled to receive the highest pro-job creator rating* in the Maryland General Assembly. We are committed to promoting business-friendly, pro-job policies both in Carroll County and statewide.

There is a long trend in Maryland, especially with a Democrat-controlled General Assembly, to pass bills that make it harder or more expensive to do business and create jobs in Maryland. Our priority for the 2022 Session is turning back the tide of out-of-touch, liberal policies and restoring common sense to how the state regulates and taxes job creators and most importantly - getting people back to work!

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

Be safe,

*Read the Maryland Free Report Card - Roll Call
(previously known as Maryland Business for Responsive Government- MBRG)
For the latest information from the Maryland Department of Health, click here.
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Consumer Advisory:
New Rental Assistance Resources Available for Tenants and Landlords
If you’re a renter having trouble paying your rent, utilities, or other housing costs, or if you’re a landlord trying to stay afloat with tenants during the pandemic, there is help available.

Through the American Rescue Plan, billions of dollars in assistance – to help renters stay housed and help landlords cover missed payments and underpayments – has been made available through state, local, and tribal government agencies, including the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and others.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched a new resource to help renters and landlords navigate various financial hardships related to the pandemic. The Rental Assistance Finder can help you locate resources throughout Maryland and beyond. To access this tool, visit

To provide relief during COVID-19, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) had paused mailing Notices of Toll Due (NOTD) to drivers who used the toll facilities with EZPass. They have now resumed processing and posting E-ZPass® tolls and Video Tolls.

Make your next trips count – pay the lowest tolls:

  • E-ZPass remains the most cost-effective way to travel toll roads in Maryland, and saves account holders up to 77% versus the higher rates and additional paperwork that come with Video Tolls. Sign up at

  • Pay-By-Plate is a new payment option for Maryland tolls with no need for a transponder or pre-paid toll balance. After opening your account, each time your vehicle’s license plate is read by MDTA tolling equipment, the credit card on your Pay-By-Plate account is charged automatically for the toll. Learn more at

Grant Awarded. $245,050 in funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program to replace the current bandstand and park bench seating with an amphitheater-style bandstand, additional seating, a walking path, period lighting and stamped concrete at War Memorial Park in Hampstead.
ReStore Donation now at Northern Landfill. ReStore is a non-profit retail organization specializing in the resale of quality new and used building materials, home furnishings and appliances to the public. The sale of the donated goods raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County to build or renovate affordable housing for families in need.

Boys & Girls Club of Westminster

The Boys & Girls Club of Westminster received a grant from the state Opioid Operational Command Center to address the opioid and substance use crisis.

“What we are hoping to accomplish is to make
sure we reach young people before they possibly start
experimenting with drugs or alcohol,”
Lt. Governor Rutherford
The Westminster-based program from Boys &
Girls Club, dubbed SMART Moves, serves children at-risk
and acts as a preventative measure for opioid and
other substances abuse. With the grant they will be able to have a professional social worker on site, and continue to do trauma training for the staff. The grant will also enable them to increase their community outreach.

During the interim, the best way to contact my office is to email:

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